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Distinguished Alumnus Awards

The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University, awarded since 1962 to only 291 of Texas A&M’s more than 506,000 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.

T. Randall

T. Randall Cain ’82, an Ernst & Young vice chair and Southwest Region Managing Partner, has chaired the Texas A&M Foundation and 12th Man Foundation and served on councils for A&M’s Department of Accounting and Mays Business School.

Henry Cisneros ’68

Henry G. Cisneros ’68 has been U.S. Department of Housing secretary, mayor of San Antonio and a Texas A&M University System regent. He is an Outstanding Alumnus of A&M’s College of Architecture and was commander of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

Anthony J. “Tony” Best ’72

Anthony J. (Tony) Best ’72, former president and CEO of SM Energy, is a longtime volunteer and fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, United Way and more. His A&M volunteer roles include past president of the Corps of Cadets Association.

Samuel “Ray” Huffines, Sr. ’74

Samuel “Ray” Huffines ’74, the CEO of Huffines Auto Dealerships, is a North Texas civic leader and member of A&M’s 12th Man Foundation board; he has also served A&M in roles including Muster chair and founding member of Parsons Mounted Cavalry.

Joseph V. Tortorice, Jr. ’70

Joseph V. Tortorice, Jr. ’70, founder of Jason’s Deli, is a Beaumont civic leader and longtime A&M supporter on development councils, a member of the Corps Hall of Honor and an Outstanding Alumnus of A&M’s Mays Business School.

Dan Allen Hughes, Jr. ’80

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 Eubanks Potter ’78

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 Heath ’76

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.

Dr. Richard Box  ’61

Dr. 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

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




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