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Distinguished Achievement (University)

Since 1955, The Association of Former Students has recognized outstanding members of Texas A&M’s faculty and staff for their commitment, performance and positive impact on Aggie students, Texas citizens and the world around them.

Each recipient receives an award plaque, an engraved watch, and a cash gift, all furnished by The Association of Former Students.

Distinguished Achievement Award University Level Criteria & Nomination Information

The 201​6 recipients, along with their departments/affiliations are:

For Teaching:

Haipeng “Allan” Chen, Department of Marketing

Melissa A. Grunlan, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Subodha Kumar, Department of Information and Operations Management

Jennifer Mercieca, Department of Communication

Jeffrey M. Musser, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

David Peterson, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

David Reed, Department of Horticultural Science and Dean's Office

Ashley B. Saunders ‘01, Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Bala Shetty, Mays Business School Dean’s Office; Department of Information and Operations Management

X. Ben Wu, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management


For Research:

Terry Alfriend, Department of Aerospace Engineering

David Bessler, Department of Agricultural Economics

Darryl de Ruiter, Department of Anthropology

Eduardo Espina, Department of Hispanic Studies

Richard Gomer, Department of Biology

Karen Wooley, Department of Chemistry


For Staff:

Minnette Bilbo, Physics and Astronomy

Camilla Sturdivant ‘85, Biology


For Student Relations:

I. Yucel Akkutlu, Petroleum Engineering

Robert "Jay" Woodward '97, Educational Psychology

For Administration:

Sharon Wilkerson, College of Nursing

For Extension, Outreach, Continuing Education and Professional Development:

Wesley Bissett ‘97, Veterinary Large Animal Clinical Sciences

For Graduate Mentoring:

Megan M. Carpenter, School of Law

John Crompton ’77, Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences


Read more about this year's recipients on the Dean of Faculties Website


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