The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, awarded since 1962 to only 285 of Texas A&M’s more than 496,000 former students.
Presented jointly by the university and The Association of Former Students, this award recognizes Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities.
This page will be updated as this year's announcements are made.
Dan Allen Hughes, Jr. ’80 is president of the Dan A. Hughes Co. and Hupecol Co. oil and gas exploration and production companies, a past chair of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and a longtime supporter of Texas A&M.
Shelley Potter ’78 is the national president of Chi Omega, the sorority whose Texas A&M chapter she helped found. She is an Outstanding Alumna of A&M’s College of Architecture and a past chair of The Association’s board of directors.
David A. Heath ’76 brought his early experience as head trainer for A&M athletics to a career in sports apparel, becoming Nike’s global vice president of sales. He has served A&M in many roles including past chair of The Association’s board of directors.
Richard A. Box ’61 helped lead A&M’s 2012 transition to the Southeastern Conference during his 2011-2013 tenure as chairman of the A&M System Board of Regents, and was commanding general of the Texas State Guard 2000-2006.
Phil Adams ’70 has served Texas A&M and the A&M System for many years. Currently in his third six-year term as a regent of the A&M System, he served as chairman of the board of regents from 2013 to 2015.
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Profiles of Distinguished Alumni are listed on the Tribute Wall.
For more information about the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Gala, please visit this page or contact Jamie Souza '17, Coordinator of Events, at (979) 845-7514 or Gala@AggieNetwork.com.