Membership in the Pro Rege Society is the highest non-academic recognition that Hastings College bestows. Criteria for selection may include, but is not limited to, extraordinary service to Hastings College, significant philanthropic contributions and/or unusual commitment to the college over an extended period of time.
Those selected are individuals who have “led by example, led principled lives and/or accomplished creative and innovative achievements favorable to Hastings College.”
Honorees are presented a Pro Rege Medallion, which was designed by renowned sculptor George Lundeen ’71. Inscribed with the College’s official motto, “Pro Rege” and “Humanities, Arts, Sciences,” the medallion is similar in design to that which is worn by the college president at official functions. The President’s Medallion was designed in 1986 by Lundeen.
Pro Rege is a Latin phrase meaning “For the King.”
2016 Pro Rege Inductees
Highlights of the 2016 induction ceremony and dinner are available in this video.
J.T. "Tim" Daugherty '70
J. T. “Tim” Daugherty has put both the economics and business administration degree he earned and the service values he learned at Hastings College to good use.
In 1995, he was elected to the Hastings College Board of Trustees and served as an active, thoughtful member on the Investment, Budget and Finance/Audit Committee, Executive Committee and Committee on Trustees. From 1998 to 2016, Tim served as Chair of the Hastings College Foundation Board of Directors. He was National Alumni Chair for the Building on Tradition for the 21st Century fundraising campaign, has given generously in funds and leadership to various campus projects, and serves an ambassadorial role in Omaha for the College.
After graduation from HC in 1970, Tim founded Valley Products Corporation in Valley, Nebraska. What began as a custom manufacturing firm for grounds maintenance equipment and irrigation components expanded into electronic data receivers for satellite-delivered agricultural and financial market information.
In 2008, he left Valley Products Corporation as President to start a second career as Executive Director of the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation, a private foundation providing grants throughout Nebraska. During his time with the Daugherty Foundation, Tim was integral in establishing the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and building upon his family’s philanthropic vision. He retired in 2012.
Among his other civic engagements is service as a board member of the Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council, Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation, Wellness Council of the Midlands, Completely Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church Endowment Fund Board and Finance Committee, and the University of Nebraska Foundation Board. For his 19 years of service as Trustee with the Goodwill Industries Inc. in Omaha, he was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. In addition to service, Tim counts flying and ocean fishing as his passions.
Tim and his wife Linda make Omaha home. They have two children: Ryan Daugherty and Rebecca Daugherty. Tim’s father, Robert B. Daugherty, served many years on the Hastings College Board of Trustees, including 10 years as Chair. Although many fathers and sons have both served on the Hastings College Board of Trustees, Bob and Tim Daugherty are the first father and son to both be inducted into the Pro Rege Society – a true testament to their commitment to Hastings College.
Upon graduation from high school, Lyle became an HVAC technician until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1966. He returned to Hastings in 1969 having served three years. Lyle joined the College staff as HVAC technician in 1989 and, in 1991, became Director of Physical Plant Services. In that capacity, he oversaw all projects and staff for Maintenance, Custodial Services, Grounds and Security.
When first elected to the Board of Trustees in 1995 and then as chair of the Building and Grounds Committee, his familiarity with the buildings, HVAC systems, project management, landscaping and personnel proved invaluable. Thanks to Lyle’s expertise, the campus is more functional, better prepared for the future and more beautiful than before he became active with the College. From leading Physical Plant Services to engaging as a Trustee, Lyle has applied a common sense approach to improving the Hastings College campus and equipping students for long-term success.
The foundation for Lyle Fleharty’s contributions to Hastings College was laid well before he joined the staff and trustees. His father, Vernon B. Fleharty, graduated from the College in 1928 and returned to serve as Chairman of the College’s Chemistry Department from 1936 to 1956. Through the generosity and leadership of Lyle and his wife Diann, and Lyle’s brothers Harold (HC attendee), Gerald (HC attendee), Eugene ‘56, and Lynn, Dr. Fleharty’s legacy lives on in the Fleharty Educational Center.
Additionally, Lyle and Diann have provided funds and leadership toward the Osborne Family Sports Complex, including the Lynn Farrell Arena, track, Lloyd Wilson Field and Dr. Ken Rhodus Women’s Basketball Locker Room; the Japanese Friendship Garden; and academic and athletic scholarships for well-deserving students.
In 2002, the Flehartys received the Hastings College President’s Award, and in 2013, Lyle was inducted into the Hastings College Athletic Hall of Fame for meritorious service.
Lyle and Diann have supported Hastings athletics at all levels, especially American Legion Baseball. Lyle is a former member of the Hastings Museum Board of Directors, Hastings Museum Foundation Board and American Legion baseball committee. His interests include NASCAR racing, college football and his family.
Both graduates of Hastings High School, the Flehartys have five children, Dan Bunde, Robb Bunde, Melanie Anderson, Michelle Arrants and Mark Fleharty ‘00, and 14 grandchildren including Lynzee Reiber ‘14 and Dale Branden Arrants ‘16.
William Nottage-Tacey '72
Extracting lessons from his childhood in Osmond, Nebraska; his love for English, history and Christ; and a life well-lived as an ordained Presbyterian minister, William Nottage-Tacey is a guiding light to the Hastings College community. He is a child of God who loves words and action, encouraging us to light the spiritual candles within us and share them with the world.
Reverend Bill, as he is affectionately and almost universally known, was first elected a member of the Board of Trustees in 1999. In the role, he has sought to honor the College’s Presbyterian heritage while simultaneously encouraging the 21st century academic community to engage in the Christian faith. He has actively participated in campus, attending events, serving as a historic reenactor and acting in a Theatre Department production.
In 2004, Bill took a call to the First Presbyterian Church in Hastings as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff for more than a decade. He ministered directly to the spiritual needs of College students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Prior to his return to Hastings, he held positions with churches in Norfolk, Nebraska; Clarkson, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; and Pender, Nebraska. Within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has served as Moderator of both Homestead and Central Nebraska Presbyteries, a member of the Committee on Ministry of Central Nebraska Presbytery and a faculty member at the Synod of Lakes and Prairies Synod School, among many other positions.
A fourth generation Nebraskan, Bill graduated from Hastings College in 1972, earning the College’s highest non-academic student honor, the Bronco Award. Having experienced a call to the ministry while reading the Bible in Bronc Hall, he earned a Master of Divinity degree, magna cum laude, from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Theological Seminary.
In recognition of his ongoing community service, he received the Ak-Sar-Ben Good Neighbor Award in 1986. Additionally, he has written two published works: Soul Songs and Prairie Poems and The Master’s Money with a third, Who is He?, to be published in Fall 2016.
In 2004, Hastings College presented Bill with an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree, and in 2013 the President’s Award for meritorious service to the College. He has been married to his wife Janey for more than forty years. They are the parents of Jeremy (deceased); Sarah ‘04/MAT ’09; Matthew ’07 and Nicole; and Nathanael and Janeen, and the grandparents of a grandson, Liam (deceased).
George Lundeen '71
Gretchen H. Lainson '37
Cindy and Bobby* Gottsch
Dr. Ladd Cochrane ’58
Pepsi Cola Bottling of Hastings
Thomas C. Jorgenson*
Dr. William Locke
Jo Ann Klemmer
Phillip Dudley Jr.
Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc.
Fred Hawkins, Jr.
Armstrong McDonald Foundation
John "Jack" Osborne
James Walter, Sr.*
Leonard (Lynn) Farrell
Duane (Bear) Johnson
Grace Riley Leinart*
Charles Uerling, Jr.*
Walter Scott, Jr.
Thomas Creigh, Jr.*
B. Keith Heuermann
Harry (Hal) Lainson*
Harrold (Hal) Shiffler*
D. Lloyd Wilson*