Leading Aggie Cadets
The Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership was created through a planned gift from Janie and Lt. Gen. James Hollingsworth ’40, one of the most decorated Aggies in Texas A&M history. Hollingsworth participated in seven major campaigns during World War II, served in combat in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was liaison to the chief of staff in Washington, D.C. His legacy of leadership and bravery lives on through the opportunities his endowment creates for cadets to become career-ready, innovative leaders.
The Hollingsworth Center’s intentional leadership development model is organized around four primary objectives: learning, coaching, mentoring and inspiring. Its coursework builds upon what cadets learned in previous years to shape well-rounded leaders who know how to effectively develop themselves and others. More than 90% of graduating seniors who participate in the center have secured employment, commissioned to the military or entered graduate school, making it clear that Hollingsworth has perpetuated excellence at Texas A&M.
Don Carlson’s generous planned gift helps the Center for the Study of the First Americans in the College of Liberal Arts uncover evidence about the world’s earliest civilizations. Faculty and students are unearthing new knowledge at archaeological sites in Alaska, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Northeast Asia, South America and the 48 contiguous United States.
The center is known for groundbreaking discoveries through its North Star Archeological Research Program. At Buttermilk Creek, just 40 miles northwest of Austin, students and faculty discovered spearpoints that are approximately 15,500 years old. If the dating of these spearpoints is correct, the finding has the potential to prove that people settled in the Americas earlier than previously thought.