The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, awarded since 1962 to only 295 of Texas A&M’s more than 517,000 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.
Weldon Jaynes ’54, who built Priester Supply Co. into a southwest U.S. regional utility supply distributor, has been a leader with the 12th Man Foundation, The Association of Former Students and Fort Worth A&M Club and supports the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Arlington Life Shelter.
Dr. Charles M. Cocanougher ’53 built a successful veterinary practice in Wise County and served as a Decatur City Council member and civic leader who helped draw employment to the area during a downturn, supported the hospital system and gave decades of scholarships to high school and A&M students.
Timothy A. Leach ’82 is chairman and CEO of Concho Resources Inc., vice president of The Texas A&M University System board of regents and a past Association board member. He has supported A&M projects including the Zachry Engineering Education Complex, E.B. Cushing Stadium and Leach Teaching Gardens.
Thomas J. Saylak ’82 has served as president of Merrill Lynch Global Commercial Real Estate, board chairman of the Texas A&M Foundation, an active supporter of the PBS NewsHour, a director of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation and a host for Aggies on Wall Street.
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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.