The Alumnus of the Year is one of Phi Kappa Sigma’s most prestigious awards, given annually to an alumni brother who not only demonstrates the values of Phi Kap, but also has continued success in their respective field.  Phi Kappa Sigma proudly announces Brother Lee Leffingwell (UT Austin ’61) as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year!  Lee currently serves as the Mayor of Austin, Texas.

After attending UT with a degree in mechanical engineering, Lee became an officer and pilot in the United States Navy, serving in the Vietnam War.  After returning from active duty, he served in the Navy Reserves and retired at the rank of Commander.  He continued to put his aviation skills to good use as a pilot with Delta Air Lines for more than 31 years.

After retiring from Delta as an international B-767 and MD-11 Captain, Lee volunteered in Austin, working to improve on environmental issues that impacted his home city. He was appointed to the Environmental Board by the Austin City Council in 1999, and subsequently elected Chair by his colleagues.  In 2005, Lee ran for and won the Place 1 seat on the Austin City Council; he was re-elected to that seat in 2008 with 68% of the vote.  In 2009, Lee ran successfully for Mayor of Austin and has since been re-elected in May 2012.

Lee’s success and continued service to the city of Austin is why he was elected by Phi Kappa Sigma as the 2013 Alumnus of the Year.  We would like to congratulate Lee on his recent reelection and thanks him for becoming the exemplary leader that Phi Kap hopes for all its members.