From distinguished student to distinguished alumnus, Tim Dove availed himself of all that Jesuit Dallas could offer, and buoyed by a tireless ambition to put his high school’s mantra of Men for Others in action, parlayed his Ignatian education into a successful career and a deep philanthropic spirit that has served numerous communities locally and abroad. In recognition of his exceptional achievements in business, his accomplishments as a scholar, and his significant generosity, Dove has been named as the recipient of the 2018 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Dove currently serves as president and chief executive officer of Pioneer Natural Resources Company, one of the largest and most efficient shale resource companies in the United States. Lauded by colleagues for his “leadership skills, operational knowledge, keen financial mind, and work ethic,” Dove has steered Pioneer’s management committee and board of directors into an unprecedented period of growth and production. And while his strategic insights have resulted in Pioneer’s emergence as one of the world’s top E&P (exploration and production) players, Dove is most proud of Pioneer’s work-place culture and civic-minded ethos. In 2018, The Dallas Morning News named Pioneer as one of the top five large companies to work for in DFW for the eighth straight year, while Pioneer maintained strong ties with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics Texas.
As a student-scholar at Jesuit Dallas, Dove was an inventive high achiever. He was active in the student paper, The Roundup; an integral member of Jesuit’s fledgling and award-winning film program; and may have the distinction of being the School’s first official statistician – decades before a sports information director was charged with keeping records for Jesuit’s athletic program. During his senior year, in which he was elected class president, Dove co-produced a film that won a special award from KERA-TV’s Young Filmmaker Festival that resulted in the movie being broadcast to the public in primetime. When Dove walked across the stage at commencement in 1975, he did so as Jesuit’s valedictorian.
Dove attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and after graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering, set off for the University of Chicago where he earned his MBA. Friends since high school, Dove and Ursuline graduate, Jenny Vilfordi, married during his time in graduate school. The Dove’s would go on to have four children, with Brendan graduating from the Jesuit Class of 2001, and daughters Brittany ’03, Lindsay ’05, and Lana ’12, all following in their mother’s footsteps at Ursuline.
After stints at Diamond Shamrock Corporation and Maxus Energy Corporation, Dove joined Parker & Parsley as vice president of business development and was promoted to senior vice president where he served until the formation of Pioneer in 1997.
Dove currently serves on the Jesuit Dallas Foundation Board of Trustees and the MIT Corporate Development Committee. Past leadership roles include Dream Dallas Advisory Council for Habitat for Humanity, trustee for the KidLinks Foundation, chairman for the Dallas Wildcat Committee, and president of the Dallas Petroleum Club board of directors.
In addition to continuing work with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a national association supporting abused or neglected children in search of safe and healthy permanent homes; and JDRF, an organization that funds type 1 diabetes research, Dove has remained staunchly supportive of the educational institutions that have provided opportunity for he and his family. In 2007, he initiated the Dove Family Math Science Scholarship Fund at Jesuit.
“Jesuit was a great beginning point for me,” said Dove. “I can look back to my formation as a student and see how it keyed much of the success in my life. I have so many tremendous memories from my time there, and there’s no other place with which I’d rather be associated. This honor is wholly unexpected, and one of which I am incredibly humbled and proud.”
Dove will be officially presented with the award at the annual President’s Reception next June.