The University of Texas awards Bush with the first ever Latino Leadership Award. The chairwoman of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies:
In our diverse Latino Texas, there are very few individuals who have the résumé and record of excellence as Commissioner Bush. His life-long commitment to service as a teacher, veteran, UT alumnus and land commissioner makes him an exemplar of why transformative leadership is valued and necessary.
I am honored and humbled to be the first recipient of the University of Texas Latino Leadership Award. As Texas Land Commissioner and a graduate of the University of Texas, I am proud CMAS is facilitating historical understanding and creating a legacy of cultural respect that should make all Longhorn students proud.