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Michael Marz '74 Named Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus

Michael Marz, from the Class of 1974, has been named the 2023 Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus. A deeply committed advocate of the Jesuit mission, Marz has remained inspired by the School’s record of producing future scholars and leaders, and through 30 years of exemplary service and philanthropic support, has used his talents and gifts toward becoming one of Jesuit’s greatest ambassadors.

“The Jesuit experience and its impact goes far beyond what is learned in the classroom,” shared Marz. “We were taught to believe in our abilities and to affect positive change in our community. Jesuit not only instilled in me the tools to be successful, but it taught me compassion, and a responsibility to be an agent of positive change for those less fortunate.”

Marz recently retired as vice chairman at Hilltop Securities, Inc., where he oversaw the commodities, structuring, and TBA housing efforts for one of the most successful and trusted investment banking firms in the United States. For over 40 years, Marz leveraged his vast experience across the financial industry in providing advisory services to public, corporate, and non-profit organizations.

A member of four consecutive state championship swim teams at Jesuit Dallas, Marz received his undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Dallas, and later completed postgraduate work in behavioral investment decisions at Harvard University. In 2015, the University of Dallas honored Marz with UD’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for his commitment to the greater Dallas community as well as his civic and professional achievements.

Marz has remained intimately connected with Jesuit since first joining the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Board of Trustees in 1988. In 2006, he served as president of the Jesuit Dallas Museum Board of Trustees, and from 2010-16, Marz was a member of the Jesuit Dallas Foundation Board of Trustees, including as chair from 2013-15. Among his most notable accomplishments as chair of the Foundation Board was completing the memorandum of understanding between the Foundation and the School, resulting in a more structured and collegial relationship.

Following the completion of his second term with the Foundation Board, Marz once again landed back on the School Board, where he continues to advocate for the School’s mission and the student experience.

In addition to decades of extraordinary volunteer service, Marz and his wife, Marguerite, have been wonderfully considerate of Jesuit in their charitable giving. Members of the St. Ignatius Legacy Society, they established the Marz-Farmer Family Scholarship Fund for need-based financial aid and have provided generous support to the Jesuit MAGIS Golf Classic Endowment Fund and the Faculty Development Fund.

“I love Jesuit for its unique ability to give young men ‘brothers’ for life. It is a place filled with remarkable people exploring faith through critical thinking in a diverse environment. The School has enriched our whole family, and I feel blessed to be part of such a loving and dedicated community.”

The Jesuit Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award is presented to Jesuit graduates whose life exemplifies in an exceptional way the religious, academic and social values set before him during his years as a Jesuit student, and Michael Marz is the embodiment of that profile. The entire School community celebrates Marz and his family, including daughters, Madelyne and Lainee, and son and fellow Jesuit grad, Matthew ’00. We are truly grateful for his remarkable trust and commitment to the Jesuit mission.