Before serving Texas A&M University as president of the Texas A&M Foundation, Tyson Voelkel led a Houston-based consultancy focused on building, managing and advising ultra-high net worth family offices. He also has served as COO for a multibillion-dollar holding company consisting of more than a dozen operating companies and philanthropic endeavors.
The Brenham, Texas, native holds a degree in industrial distribution from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in international relations and national security from the Bush School of Government and Public Service, and an MBA from Rice University.
Growing up, Tyson participated in Boy Scouts of America, eventually achieving the Eagle Scout rank. While at Texas A&M, he was a student leader and advocate for students on campus. He was a member of many organizations including the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Ross Volunteers, and was selected as the first-ever Aggie Bandsman to serve as Corps of Cadets Commander his senior year. A Buck Weirus Spirit Award winner as well as a recipient of numerous academic and leadership awards, he lived the traditions of Texas A&M and believes they were as important to his transformational education as the rigorous academic programs.
He proudly served as a U.S. Army infantry officer for 12 years, with varied leadership roles during peacetime and combat. Tyson's military service includes posts in Europe, the U.S. and Middle East. He twice served as a company commander in combat in the 82nd Airborne Division, earning numerous awards including two Bronze Stars in Iraq, the Department of the Army MacArthur Leadership Award, and Army Ranger and Airborne Qualification Badges. A jumpmaster with senior parachutist rating, he also earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Tyson’s military career took him around the world and also afforded him the honor of teaching leadership and ethics at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Tyson was the first student regent appointed to the Texas A&M University Board of Regents, and he currently serves on the Texas A&M Board of Visitors, Galveston A&M Board of Visitors, Bush School of Government and Public Service Advisory Board and on the advisory board for Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. He has also served as a class agent for the class of 1996.
The Voelkel family believes a life of service is a life of meaning and donate widely of their time and resources. They have three daughters and currently reside in College Station, Texas.