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Our History

The Association of Former Students traces its history to the Ex-Cadets Association that formed in 1879, and later to the A&M Alumni Association and Alpha Phi Fraternity. In 1919, a coalition of multiple alumni groups formed under the name The Association of Former Students.

Since 1879, much has changed in organization and details, but the fundamental objectives of The Association remain the same: strengthening the Aggie Network, promoting Texas A&M, perpetuating the ties of affection formed in university days, and serving the student body.

In May 1921, The Association published the first issue of Texas Aggie magazine.

In the years since, The Association's communications have evolved to include newsletters, a website, and now multiple social media channels, but Texas Aggie magazine remains the flagship publication of the Aggie Network. In 1987, The Association erected its first free-standing building, the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, which today remains a campus landmark.

Today the former students of Texas A&M remain proud of our past yet committed to the future. Our methods and programs have evolved tremendously over the years, but the noble cause of the Ex-Cadets Association is still carried out by the staff and dedicated volunteers of The Association of Former Students.

135

Years The Association has served Texas A&M

1889

First known Aggie Ring

1880

First use of "Roll Call for the Absent"

1893

Origin of the "Class Agent" concept

What We Do

Raise Friends and Funds for Texas A&M

Raise Friends and Funds for Texas A&M

The Association's mission includes promoting the welfare of Texas A&M University and serving the student body. By combining small gifts from tens of thousands of generous donors, The Association made an impact on Texas A&M of more than $10.3 million in 2013. Funds, labor and materials provided by The Association support student activities, traditions, scholarships, faculty enrichment, former student services, and many other critical projects.

49,829

Annual Fund donors in 2013

30,000

Seedlings planted by Aggie Replant

861,122

Aggie Band spectators in 2013

978

Faculty & Staff award recipients since 1955

Raise Friends and Funds for Texas A&M

Strengthen the Bonds of the Aggie Network

Texas Aggies are known for our character, our determination, and our uncommon loyalty to our alma mater and to our fellow former students. The Association seeks to perpetuate and strengthen those bonds that connect Aggies with each other and the university.

300+

Aggie Muster ceremonies worldwide in 2013

244

A&M Clubs worldwide

'63 - '14

Classes present at Entrepreneurship Saturday

70

Traveling Aggies trips in 2013

Raise Friends and Funds for Texas A&M

Protect the Integrity of the Aggie Ring

The Aggie Ring, first manufactured in 1889, is the most visible symbol of the Aggie Network that connects Aggies around the world. The Association's Aggie Ring Program has the honor and responsibility of protecting the integrity of the Aggie Ring and overseeing eligibility, order and delivery. Almost 95 percent of the Texas A&M undergraduates who qualify for an Aggie Ring choose to order one, easily the highest rate of any university.

12,085

Aggie Rings distributed in 2013

15,000

April 2013 Ring Day attendees

5K

Run for the Ring fundraiser distance

1891

Oldest Aggie Ring in our 4 collections

Raise Friends and Funds for Texas A&M

Promote the Aggie Spirit

Although Texas A&M has experienced tremendous growth and change over the decades, the renowned Aggie Spirit remains strong in the heart of students and former students. The Association seeks to perpetuate those ties of affection and esteem and to strengthen the worldwide Aggie Network by being the trusted information hub for those who celebrate the values that Aggies hold dear.

180,750

Distribution/month of AggieNews in 2013

94,653

Aggie Network social media contacts in 2013

300,039

Newsletters and other updates emailed in 2013

191,498

AggieNetwork.com user accounts in 2013

The Association in 2013

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on Texas A&M University in 2013.

The Alumni Center

For more than a century, The Association of Former Students led a nomadic existence, finding space wherever we could on campus. Seeking a permanent home, the A&M Alumni Association in 1910 led a fundraising campaign to erect a YMCA-Alumni Memorial Building, which was dedicated in 1915. But once construction was complete, The Association gave our space in the building to Texas A&M, which was desperately in need.

In 1974, after seven moves to temporary locations, The Association moved to our first dedicated space with the opening of the Forsyth Alumni Center in the MSC. With the enrollment explosion in the 1970s and 1980s, we quickly outgrew the Forsyth Center.

In 1987, The Association constructed the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center, and in 2008, a significant enhancement project was initiated to better utilize our facility in telling the powerful story of Texas A&M and Texas Aggies.

The Williams Alumni Center showcases Texas A&M's core values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The Haynes Ring Plaza, which features a 12-foot high bronze replica of the Aggie Ring, has become one of the most photographed spots on campus. Inside, the legendary Aggie spirit comes to life through interactive exhibits, artifact displays, and touch screen monitors that tell the stories of Texas A&M's proud past and allows visitors to explore the lives of Aggies who have made an impact on The Association, Texas A&M, and the world.

194

Events hosted in 2013

100,000+

Approximate visitors to Williams Alumni Center in 2013

3 Tons

Approximate weight of Haynes Aggie Ring Replica

'46

Class year on crest of the Haynes Aggie Ring Replica

Who We Are

The Association Staff
Porter S. Garner III '79, President and CEO

Porter S. Garner III '79

President and CEO

Kathleen Gibson '81, Chair of the Board

Kathleen M. Gibson '81

Chair of the Board

Kathryn Greenwade '88, Vice President

Kathryn Greenwade '88

Vice President

Cecilee Herd '95, Vice President

Cecilee Herd '95

Vice President

Marty Holmes '87, Vice President

Marty Holmes '87

Vice President

Barbara Kasper '82, Vice President

Barbara Kasper '82

Vice President

Ron Spies '73, Vice President

Ron Spies '73

Vice President

Address

505 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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