Lyle Commencement Speaker Confirmed

Richard K. Templeton

Rich Templeton is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Instruments. He was a 1980 electrical engineering graduate of Union College, and credits the technical and problem-solving training inherent in his education with his ability to successfully guide the 84-year-old TI to focus on semiconductor innovations that are centric to virtually all of today’s electronic systems.


TI’s achievements under Rich’s direction since becoming CEO in May 2004 include:

  • Global leadership of the company’s core businesses;
  • A business model that puts TI among the S&P 500’s top cash generators and returners;
  • A stock price that has increased 90%; and  
  • Quarterly dividends for shareholders that are higher by a factor of 14.


Rich has topped the list of Institutional Investor’s Best Semiconductor CEOs in America for several years, most recently in 2014.

In addition to his business duties, Rich has focused on public issues and initiatives that advance technological innovation and STEM education. Under his leadership, TI has invested $150 million over the last five years to strengthen global education.  In the U.S., these efforts have been especially directed at K-12 programs to help under-represented minorities and girls succeed in math and science.

Rich serves on the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association, the board of directors of Catalyst, the board of trustees of Southern Methodist University, and the board of trustees of the Southwestern Medical Foundation.  He also personally leads TI’s annual United Way campaign, which raised $6 million in 2013, and served as chairman of the 2012-2013 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas campaign which raised more than $62 million.