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Distinguished Alumnus Awards

Robert A. Epstein '44   Melvin S. Maltz '47   E. Ridley Briggs '54   Dr. Ray M. Bowen '58   R. H. “Steve” Stevens, Jr. ’62   James R. “Jim” Thompson ’68     Glenda C. Mariott '79   Khalid A. Al-Falih '82

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students are proud to announce the recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award:

Established in 1962, the Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University. Since its inception, 225 individuals have been recognized for their significant contributions to their professions, Texas A&M University and their local communities.

“Texas A&M has been transformed in recent decades from a small, rural college into a major research university in large part because of former students and others who give generously of their time, expertise and other resources,” said Texas A&M President Dr. R. Bowen Loftin ’71. “This award reflects a recipient’s contributions to his or her profession and community, as well as to our mission of preparing the next generation of leaders.”

The recipients learned of their honor when surprised in their places of business and other locations by a group of university and Association representatives, including Loftin; The Association of Former Students’ 2013 Chair of the Board of Directors David Heath ’76; Association President and CEO Porter S. Garner III ’79; a Ross Volunteer; along with Reveille and her handler.

“Each one of our 2013 Distinguished Alumni is a true inspiration as they serve as outstanding examples of the impact that Aggies can have on their alma mater, their communities, and the world,” Heath said. “They all share the same deep commitment to Texas A&M and epitomize our core values of Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service.”

Garner echoed the sentiments of Loftin and Heath and offered his congratulations on behalf of the Aggie Network. “Our 2013 Distinguished Alumni are exemplary role models and truly deserving of the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University. While they represent a wide variety of life experiences and achievements, they all exemplify the essence of this award and are shining examples for our entire Aggie Network.”

The Association of Former Students will further honor all recipients of this award during its annual Distinguished Alumni Gala on October 18. In addition, the 2013 recipients will be recognized during the Texas A&M football game against Auburn on October 19.

Biographical information on each of Texas A&M University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni is included below.

The Association of Former Students, established in 1879, is the official alumni organization of Texas A&M University. The Association connects the nearly 550,000 members of the worldwide Aggie Network with each other and the university, and provides almost $7.2 million a year in impact to university scholarships, awards, activities and enrichment for students, faculty, staff and former students. For more information about the Distinguished Alumnus Award or The Association, contact Kathryn Greenwade at or visit

Robert A. Epstein, Class of 1944, left the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas in 1942 to serve in the United States Army, and then returned to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in business. As a student in the Corps of Cadets, Epstein was First Sergeant and Battery Commander of G Battery Coast Artillery and a Ross Volunteer. In the Army, Epstein attained the rank of Captain in the Corps of Engineers in the U. S. Army in World War II and Korea, earning six Battle Stars and the Bronze Star Medal as a Combat Engineer Unit Commander and S-1. While serving in the Philippines in 1946, Epstein attended the 1946 Muster on Corregidor. He is pictured in the now famous portrait taken in the mouth of Malinta Tunnel.

After graduation in 1948, he began a career in insurance and attended both Basic Life Insurance School and Advanced Life Insurance School at the Aetna Life Insurance Company. His career in the insurance industry was interrupted when he was recalled to serve in Korea in 1950, but he returned to civilian life in 1952 to work as a self-employed life insurance and casualty insurance agent until 1981. He spent the final 15 years as partner and Chairman of the Board for The GEM Agencies, Inc., and Chairman of the Board for Insurance Agencies of the Southwest, Inc. During this time he held memberships and leadership roles in several professional organizations, such as The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, for which he served as a member of the Board of Governors and a member of the National Faculty; the Certified Professional Insurance Advisors Society; The Insurance Fire Mark Society, for which he served as National President; the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, for which he served as State of Texas President, Texas National Director from 1978 to 1987 and National Vice President; the National Executive Committee from 1980 to 1982; the National Association of Insurance Management Consultants; the Kemper Agents Advisory Council; the Aetna Life and Casualty Million Dollar Group Club; and the Aetna Life and Casualty Group Leaders Club. From 1973 to 1979, Epstein served on the National Board of Governors for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, and also served as a member of the National Faculty for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors and the National Faculty of the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research.

Epstein holds three professional designations—Associate in Risk Management, Certified Insurance Counselor and Certified Professional Insurance Advisor. He was named Insurance Counselor of the Year by the Professional Insurance Agents of Texas in 1976, and received a Distinguished Service Award in 1988 from both the Professional Insurance Agents of Texas and the Certified Professional Insurance Agents Society. He was regularly recruited as a speaker and educator for insurance certification seminars, and was instrumental in establishing the risk manager license for the Texas Board of Insurance. A retired insurance agent and risk manager, Epstein is in constant demand as a trial consultant and expert witness in the field of risk management. He developed seminars for training of candidates for the designation of Associate in Risk Management and pioneered the application of risk management practices into the agency production field. In 1981, Epstein left the GEM Agencies to found Risktech, Inc., an independent risk management consulting firm for which he served as CEO and operated until his retirement in 1991.

Epstein has been an active member of society, both in Houston and Galveston. He has served as president of both the Terramar Beach Property Owners Association in Galveston and the Raintree Property Owners Association in Houston. He is past president of Westwood Country Club, Houston Lighthouse for the Blind, and was a founding member of the Houston City Club. A member of The Houston Society, Epstein is a former regional Board member of the Anti-Defamation League, and a 50-year Master Mason, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He is a past president of the Brotherhood of Congregation Beth Israel in Houston, where he also served as a vice president and a member of the Board and Executive Committee. He has been active in La Confrérie des la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs—at the local, regional, national and international levels—and has served in many positions, including Grand Senechal d’ America. He was awarded the coveted Conseil d’ Honneur – Paris, Conseil d’ Honneur – Amerique, and he was a founding member of l’ Académie de Gastronomie Brillat-Savarin. Other wine society memberships include Les Amis d’Escoffier and Amici della Vite.

Epstein has remained active at Texas A&M over the years. He served on the Board of Directors for The Association of Former Students, as Class Agent and Class Agent Emeritus for the Class of 1944, president of the Sul Ross Group in 2003, on the Corps of Cadets Development Council, Texas A&M Hillel, the Houston A&M Club and the Ross Volunteer Association. He has supported a Class pillar within the Memorial Student Center, 12 scholarships from the Class of 1944, the Texas A&M Foundation, the 12th Man Foundation and the Corps of Cadets.

Epstein resides in Houston. He and his late wife, Carolyn, who passed away in September 2011, had three children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Epstein, his son, Ross ’70, and grandson, Evan ’03, are all Ross Volunteers.

Melvin S. Maltz, Class of 1947, earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas. In 1944, he served in the U. S. Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged in 1946. He reentered A&M to finish his degree in 1948. As a student, he was Cadet Lieutenant of Squadron A, an athletic officer in the Corps of Cadets, and assistant sports editor for The Longhorn in 1946. He was also involved in the student chapter of the Institute for Aeronautical Sciences and the Houston Hometown Club.

After graduation in 1948, Maltz was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1953. He worked as secretary, director and vice president of Century Papers, Inc. from 1952 to 1976. In 1966, he was Industry Group Chairman of the Southern Division of the Paperboard Packaging Council.

Maltz and two partners formed National Inpack Corporation in 1976 and he served as president until the company was sold in 1985. He earned a Broker Securities license and licensed life insurance agent in the state of Texas in 1987. During that time he was a frequent member of the President’s Cabinet of the Acacia Group, earning qualification as a Life Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. In 2005, Maltz became a member of Silver Fox Advisors and now serves as a senior account manager for the Lone Star Advisory Group, Inc.

Maltz has been an active Houstonian, serving as Masonic Master Mason in 1949, chairman of the Lombardi Committee for the Rotary Club of Houston in 1985, vice president of Congregation Beth Israel and president of Westwood Country Club in 1987. In 1949, he earned the Shriners Cripple Children Cross Crutch Award in recognition for his fundraising efforts for Arabia Shriners Hospital. He served on the Greater Houston Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society from 1974 to 1988—twice as its Chairman—and he was vice president of the Lone Star Chapter National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and director and vice president of Lighthouse Houston. He served on the Texas Division of the American Cancer Society’s Board of Directors until 2003. Maltz currently serves as a member of the Houston Advisory Board of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, mentoring prisoners in business principles, aiding in their recovery and helping them remain out of incarceration in the future.

He has also remained active at Texas A&M, having served as director and president of the Houston A&M Club from 1952 to 1955, Class Agent from 1957 to 1962, Chair of The Association of Former Students’ Board of Directors in 1973 and commencement speaker at Texas A&M in 1974. A member of the A&M Legacy Society, Maltz funded a President’s Endowed Scholarship in 1986. He served on the College of Science Development Council, the Planned Giving Council at the Texas A&M Foundation, and as chairman of the Board of Visitors for the Texas Maritime Academy, and vice president and president of the Sul Ross Group of The Association of Former Students. In 1970, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Houston A&M Club. Maltz currently serves on the President’s Board of Visitors for the Corps of Cadets.

Maltz and his wife, Corky, live in Houston. They have seven children, one of whom graduated from A&M, and a grandson who also graduated from A&M.

E. Ridley Briggs, Class of 1954, earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas while serving as Guidon Bearer, then First Lieutenant of Squadron 12 in the Corps of Cadets. He was involved in Aggie Christian Fellowship, the Physical Education Club and intramurals. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force Flight School and served as a fighter pilot on active duty until 1957, and as a reservist until 1962. In 1958, he returned to A&M to earn a master’s degree in education while on fellowship as a physical education instructor.

Upon completing his master’s degree, Briggs accepted a teaching and coaching job with the Sherman Independent School District, where he taught math and coached football and basketball. He then left coaching and went back into flying as a company pilot for Sherman Steel and Wire Corporation, and later became the physical director of the Abilene YMCA. In 1961, he moved to Bryan to become associated with the Recording & Statistical Corporation and, in 1963, he transitioned to Bryan’s First Bank & Trust as vice president, in charge of marketing and business development. He then became a senior vice president and commercial lending officer and remained in that position until 1972, when he became president of the Elgin National Bank. In 1973, he moved to Paris, Texas, to serve as president and member of the ownership of Paris Bank of Texas, where he remained until 1985. During that time, he served on the Legislative Committee of the Texas Bankers Association, chaired its 5th District in 1976, and was named Lamar County’s Boss of the Year in 1978. From Paris, Briggs moved to McKinney in 1985 to become president and chief operating officer of Texas American Bank and, in 1990, he returned to Paris as president of Bank of America until he retired in 1996. Over a 10-year period, he taught in the Southwest Graduate Schools of Banking at Southern Methodist University and Texas Tech University.

Briggs remained an active member of society, no matter where he lived. In 1964, he was president of the Bryan-College Station Jaycees, named Brazos County’s Outstanding Young Man in 1965, and president of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce in 1969. In 1971, he was instrumental in the effort to build Bryan’s first Industrial Park and he served on the Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission. Volunteering has been a way of life for Briggs, He taught at Central Baptist Church in Bryan, First Baptist Churches in Paris, McKinney, and Mt. Vernon, and served as president of the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce and the Lamar County United Way. He chaired the First Baptist Church of Paris campaign in 1980 to build a Family Life Center and he served on the Boards of the Paris Boys Club and Paris Education Foundation. After moving to McKinney in 1985, Briggs chaired the McKinney United Way and served on the Boards of the McKinney Boys Club, the North Texas Medical Center, the McKinney Airport, the Collin County Community College, and the original Board of Stonebridge Country Club. In 1990, he returned to Paris to lead a successful campaign to build a $1 million home for the Salvation Army and he later chaired that organization, and is now a Life Member of the Board. From 1990 to 2009, Briggs served on the Board of the St. Joseph Community Foundation, six of those years as Chairman, served as president of the Paris Rotary Club in 1998, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Since 1997, Briggs has served on the Board of Rotary’s Youth Leadership Awards program for Northeast Texas and Southeast Oklahoma, three of those years as chairman. In 2001, Briggs was named as one of 50 citizens to have the most impact on Paris and Lamar County in the past century.

Texas A&M continues to be near the center of Briggs’ activities. As a charter member of the Century Club of The Association of Former Students, he has continued that relationship since 1966, the year he was President of the Bryan-College Station Aggie Quarterback Club. He served on the School of Veterinary Medicine Development Council from 1969 to 1973, and was Class Agent from 1970 to 1975. In 1976, he was elected president of the Lamar County A&M Club and named to the Texas A&M Target 2000 Committee in 1981. He has made 31 Muster speeches and has chaired the Lamar County A&M Scholarship Foundation. In 1998, he was named to The Association of Former Students’ Board of Directors and served through 2001. Briggs gave the memorial address at the Lamar County Bonfire Memorial in 1999. In 2001, he served on the Corps Development Council and, in 2002, was given the honor of namesake for Fish Camp, a freshman’s first tradition at Texas A&M. One of the first to purchase a gravesite in the Aggie Field of Honor, he is a member of the Corps of Cadets Association and the Sul Ross Group, of which he now serves as president.

Briggs and his wife, Shirley, live near Mount Vernon, Texas. They have four children, three of whom graduated from Texas A&M, and the fourth, a Baylor graduate, is active in the Longview A&M Mom’s Club. Out of their thirteen grandchildren, two have graduated from A&M and three others are soon-to-be graduates. His youngest son, Danny Briggs ’83, was inducted in the Texas A&M Letterman's Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dr. Ray M. Bowen, Class of 1958, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M. After receiving a master’s degree in the same field from California Institute of Technology in 1959, he returned to Texas A&M to earn a doctoral degree in 1961, also in mechanical engineering. As a student at A&M, he was active in the Student Senate, Tau Beta Pi and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. As a member of the Corps of Cadets, Bowen was Deputy Corps Commander and Platoon Leader of the Ross Volunteers. He was also listed among the Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities list in 1958.

After leaving A&M, Bowen served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1964. His assignment was to teach graduate courses in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In 1964, he studied a year at Johns Hopkins University as a post-doctoral fellow in mechanics. In 1965, he taught engineering mechanics at Louisiana State University, before joining the faculty of Rice University in 1967, where he taught in the mechanical engineering and mathematical science department until 1983. During that time Bowen served as director of the Division of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the National Science Foundation from 1982 to 1983. His academic career then lead him to the University of Kentucky, where he became dean of the College of Engineering, director of the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems, and director of the Center for Applied Energy Research until 1989. From 1990 to 1991, Bowen returned to the National Science Foundation and served as deputy assistant director and acting assistant director for engineering. He then went on to Oklahoma State University to be provost and vice president for Academic Affairs until 1993. He served as interim president of OSU from 1993 to 1994.

It was in 1994 that Bowen returned to Aggieland to become president of Texas A&M—the fourth Aggie to hold the position. He served as President until 2002. During his time as president, Texas A&M initiated the Vision 2020 project and A&M was made a member of the Association of American Universities. He also initiated the process that led to the creation of a Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at A&M. After serving eight years as president, he was appointed president emeritus and joined the faculty of Texas A&M’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. In 2002, he was appointed for a six-year term to the National Science Board by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed to a second six-year term in 2008. He served as chairman of the National Science Board from 2010 to 2012. After teaching in mechanical engineering and in mathematics from 2002 until 2010, Bowen retired from Texas A&M and was named professor emeritus of mechanical engineering. He is currently a Visiting Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.

Bowen has remained active at Texas A&M and he and his wife, Sally, have supported it in many ways through endowments of a Presidential Endowed Scholarship, scholarships for the Corps of Cadets and a scholarship for the Bush School of Government and Public Service. In addition, they have supported the Evans Library, MSC OPAS, The Association of Former Students and the 12th Man Foundation. He and Sally are especially proud of the scholarships and facilities that have been funded in their names by friends of the University.

Bowen and his wife, Sally, live in Houston. They are the proud parents and grandparents of a son, Ray, a daughter, Beth, and six grandchildren.

R. H. "Steve" Stevens, Jr., Class of 1962, earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Texas A&M University. As a student, Stevens was involved in the Corps of Cadets as executive officer of the Ross Volunteers, a member of the Permanent Firing Squad, Supply Officer and Lieutenant Colonel on Corps Staff and the Cadet Court. He was a member of the Brazoria County Hometown Club, where he served as president his senior year, the Accounting Society, SCONA, the Aggie Sweetheart Selection Committee and the 12th Man Bowl.

After graduation, Stevens served as an officer in the United States Air Force in Reno, Nev., and then in Paris, France, at Dreux-Louvilliers Air Base until 1966, and received an Outstanding Unit Citation. He went on to become a certified public accountant and provided tax services to clients in various industries, including oil and gas, real estate and agriculture, for 40 years. After 33 years with Arthur Andersen, he retired from the firm in 1999 and became managing partner of Stevens & Matthews LLP, another accounting firm. Currently, he serves as both managing partner of Stevens & Matthews LLP, and Chairman of the Board at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he has been an active member for many years. Stevens joined the Show in 1975 and volunteered on numerous committees before being elected to the Show’s Board of Directors in 1987, and then vice president, where he served as officer in charge of 16 committees. He has served on the Show’s Executive Committee since 2005. He joined the American Quarter Horse Association’s Board of Directors in 1987, and later the Association’s Executive Committee in 1999, before becoming president in 2003. In 1986, he served as president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association. He was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stevens has given his time to Texas A&M in many ways. In 1983, he served as president of the 12th Man Foundation, and he was appointed to the Board of Regents of The Texas A&M University System in 1999, where he served as chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and special liaison to the Board for Lease of University Lands until 2005. He has been a member of the A&M Legacy Society, the Chancellor’s Advisory Council, the Development Council for the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and Mays Business School, Class Agent for the Class of 1962, The Association of Former Students’ Board of Directors, and he currently serves on the 12th Man Foundation’s Champions Council.

Stevens and his wife, Kay, live in Houston. They have two daughters, and a son-in-law who graduated from Texas A&M. They have four grandchildren: Katie and Robby Taylor, and Robby and Campbell Becker.

James R. “Jim” Thompson, Class of 1968, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural construction. During his tenure at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Ross Volunteers and was named a distinguished Military Graduate.

Following graduation, Thompson joined the United States Air Force and served as an instructor pilot until 1973. After gaining 10 years of construction experience, Thompson founded James R. Thompson, Inc., a commercial general contracting firm. The company, which now is headquartered in Dallas, has received dozens of awards for construction excellence. Thompson is a member of Texas A&M’s Construction Industry Advisory Council, the College of Architecture Advisory Council, the Chancellor’s Century Council, the Presidential Board of Visitors, the A&M Legacy Society, the Corps of Cadets Association; the 12th Man Foundation’s Advisory Board and served on the Board of The Association of Former Students from 2006 to 2010. As a multi-term Chair of the Building Enhancement Committee, Thompson played an integral role in the 2008 enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. Thompson helped lead the effort to fund and construct the Freedom from Terror memorial on the Texas A&M campus—a gift from the Classes of 1968 and 2003—that honors the many Aggies who have given their lives for their country. In 2000, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Architecture and he was inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor in 2011. Thompson has also funded a President’s Endowed Scholarship, a Corps 21 Endowed Scholarship, two Sul Ross Endowed Scholarships, and a Construction Science Endowed Scholarship.

In addition to serving Texas A&M, Thompson is involved in his community. He served 15 years on the Kaufman ISD School Board and helped found the Kaufman ISD Scholarship Foundation. He is a former trustee of the Texas Association of School Boards as well as the Kaufman County Appraisal District. Thompson is a member of the Kaufman County A&M Club and served as a Class Agent for the Class of ’68. He currently serves as chairman of the Citizens Facility Advisory Council.

He and his wife, Donna Beth, live in Kaufman and have three sons, two of whom graduated from Texas A&M.

General T. Michael Moseley, Class of 1971, earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from Texas A&M University. As a student, he was involved in the Corps of Cadets and served as Academic Sergeant of the 3rd Group, on 2nd Wing Staff and as 3rd Group Commander, and on the Cadet Court.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Moseley was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and entered the United States Air Force in 1972. He went through pilot training at Webb Air Force Base in West Texas and earned his wings in 1973. Moseley served there as an instructor pilot, and also at Holloman AFB near Alamogordo, N.M., and Kadena AB in Japan. He then attended the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff School at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Al., before becoming chief of the Tactical Forces Division for the United States Air Force in Washington, D.C. From there he went on to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nev., to attend Air Force Fighter Weapons School and serve as Commander of F-15 Division, 57th Wing, Tactical Air Command, before returning to Washington, D.C., to study at the National War College within the National Defense University. After graduation, he served as a faculty member and held the position of Chief of Staff for the Air Force Chair. He then went on to serve as a Fighter Group Commander in the Air Combat Command at Eglin AFB near Valparaiso, Fl., before becoming director of the Office of General Office Matters in the Directorate of Personnel for the U.S.A.F. in Washington, D.C. Moseley returned to Nellis AFB to serve as Commander of the 57th Wing, Air Combat Command, before returning to Washington, D.C., to become deputy director of Political Military Affairs in the Middle East and Asia as part of the J5 Joint Staff. After that he was the director of the Secretary of the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison for the U.S.A.F. From there he went on to Saudi Arabia to serve as Commander of the 9th Air Force for the U.S. Central Command Forces at Shaw AFB. In this capacity he was responsible for the planning and execution of all joint and coalition air and space operations against hostile Taliban and Al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom), terrorist activities along the Horn of Africa and hostile Iraqi and insurgent forces in Iraq (Operation Southern Watch, Operation Northern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom). In 2005, Moseley was appointed the 18th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, serving as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipage of more than 700,000 active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian personnel serving worldwide. As a career fighter pilot, he spent more than 3,000 hours flying the latest combat aircrafts.

During Moseley’s more than 38 years of honorable service, he served in the Air Force’s Security Assistance Program instructing student pilots from the Republic of Vietnam, in addition to a variety of Middle East and Latin American Air Forces. Following the fall of Saigon in 1975, he organized sponsorship of more than 120 Vietnamese refugees. As a Perot Distinguished Fellow at the EastWest Institute, he worked to improve relations with China, Russia, India and counties of the Middle East. He is a lifetime member of both the National Eagle Scout Association and the Order of Daedalians. Moseley was named a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty, the Queen of England, in addition to numerous awards from the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, the president of the French Republic and the Minister of Defense from the Republic of Singapore. He was awarded two Defense Distinguished Service Medals by the Secretary of Defense for his combat leadership against hostile forces. He was also awarded two Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, as well as Distinguished Service Medals from the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Army, the Department of Homeland Security and the Coast Guard. Currently, Moseley is director of the EastWest Institute and Chairman of Gulf Alliance, a Hillwood/Perot Company based in Fort Worth, Texas and Abu Dhabi, UAE. He serves on a variety of supervisory boards and civic organizations, and he is president and CEO of Moseley and Associates, LLC. He remains active in lecturing on leadership and the international security environment.

Moseley has given of his time and talents to Texas A&M in many ways. He has participated in lectures and discussions at Texas A&M University at Qatar, led Aggie Musters while deployed, both in combat and within the state of Texas, served as Muster Speaker for various A&M Clubs and has provided leadership and character seminars for the Corps of Cadets and the AFROTC. He supports The Association of Former Students, and he has participated in leadership events at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. In 2005, he was inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor.

Moseley and his wife, Jennie, live in Sumter, S.C. They have one daughter, one son and three granddaughters.

Glenda C. Mariott, Class of 1979, graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.

After graduation, Mariott held various positions in the banking industry, including cashier and vice president of operations for United Citizens Bank of College Station, Texas, and assistant vice president of First City Texas of Bryan. In 1992, she left the banking industry and began her career in the home building and remodeling industry. She is the owner of GCM Designs LLC, a design, build and remodeling firm which has completed projects in the Brazos Valley, and throughout the state of Texas. In 2010, she founded Hud-Saw Properties LLC, a Texas-based real estate investment company. She earned the distinction of Certified Graduate Builder by the National Association of Homebuilders in 2007.

Mariott volunteers her time with the Bryan-College Station Junior League Community Advisory Board and is a recent past chair of the Center for Teaching Excellence Advancement Council at Texas A&M, where she remains active. In 2003, she was appointed to the Texas Residential Construction Commission by Governor Rick Perry '72 where she served until 2010.  From 2006 to 2009, she served as the vice chairman of the commission and was the only woman ever appointed to the nine-member commission. She has served on the boards of the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, Scotty’s House, the Better Business Bureau, and the American Red Cross. She is a past president of the Brazos County A&M Club and the Bryan-College Station Homebuilders Association. In 1996, the Bryan-College Station Homebuilders Association named her Builder of the Year—she is the only woman to have received this honor in the history of the local organization. She has also served as a director of the National Association of Homebuilders and the Texas Association of Builders.  

At Texas A&M, Mariott has been a guest lecturer and adjunct professor for the Department of Construction Science. She served on the Board of Directors at The Association of Former Students from 1997 to 2003, and in 2002 she was the first female Chair of the Board of The Association. She is a member of the Women Former Students’ Network and was honored with the Legacy Award in 2009. She is a member of the Endowed Century Club, 12th Man Foundation, A&M Legacy Society and the One Spirit One Vision Campaign.

Mariott resides in College Station, where her son Jared, Class of 2006, and her twin grandsons, Hudson and Sawyer, reside as well.

Khalid A. Al-Falih, Class of 1982, graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and went on to King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals to earn an MBA in 1991.

Al-Falih’s time at Texas A&M was sponsored by Saudi Aramco — Saudi Arabia’s state oil company — which he joined in 1979. After graduation from Texas A&M, Al-Falih returned to the Kingdom, working his way up from senior project engineer to manager of business analysis by 1998. In 1999, he became president of Petron Corporation, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and the Philippine National Oil Company, and then leader of Saudi Negotiations Team for the Kingdom’s Natural Gas Initiative in 2000. He then transitioned from vice president to senior vice president and then executive vice president, overseeing various functions within Saudi Aramco from 2001 to 2008. In 2009, Al-Falih stepped into his current role as president and CEO for Saudi Aramco — the world’s largest petroleum company — where he also sits on the Board of Directors.

Al-Falih has remained committed to quality education and professional development. In 2009, he led Saudi Aramco’s successful effort to establish the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology — North of Jiddah, on Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Coast. Al-Falih is currently leading efforts to create the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture — in Dhahran, near Saudi Arabia’s Arabian Gulf Coast.

Al-Falih is an advocate of creating a diverse economy fed by new businesses and the stimulation of job creation in the Kingdom. Under his leadership, Saudi Aramco has embarked on several mega projects including the development of Sadara Chemical Company, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical. Upon completion, Sadara will represent the largest petrochemical facility ever built in a single phase.

Al-Falih is the first Distinguished Alumnus to have graduated from Texas A&M in the 1980s, and he is the third former student to earn both the distinction of Distinguished Alumnus and also Outstanding International Alumnus, a title he received in 2010.

Al-Falih lives in Saudi Arabia with his wife and five children.


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