July 1, 2024

The Texas A&M Foundation recently welcomed Wayne Roberts ’85, a business leader and the retired president and CEO of Abrigo, as the newest member of its Board of Trustees on July 1. Consisting of seven former students with diverse professional backgrounds and a history of service, the board guides the Foundation as it supports academic excellence at Texas A&M University.

“I just want to give back, and I think there’s no better way to do that than through the Texas A&M Foundation.”
- Wayne Roberts ’85

“In everything he does, Mr. Roberts strives to be elite but never elitist,” said Tyson Voelkel ’96, president and CEO of the Texas A&M Foundation. “He consistently shares his heart for Aggieland, and it’s an honor to welcome him to our Board of Trustees. I have no doubt he will play an integral role in helping our organization build a brighter future for Texas A&M.”

During his time on the board, Roberts will also draw on his lifelong passion for selfless service. He has given back to his communities in numerous ways throughout his career, including currently serving as a board member of Baylor Scott & White in College Station and supporting MD Anderson Cancer Center and Twin City Mission.

Beyond his community service, Roberts has also been one of Texas A&M’s top supporters. He was the lead donor for projects such as Mays Business School’s Wayne Roberts ’85 Building; Aggie Park, named in memory of his late wife, Shannon Lia Roberts ’85; the Gary Blair Court at Reed Arena; the Men’s Basketball Player Development Center; and the 12th Man Foundation’s Centennial Campaign, where he used his naming rights to honor R.C. Slocum. He is a Texas A&M Foundation Legacy Society member and Heritage Member and an Endowed Century Club member with The Association of Former Students. He also serves as the Mays Business School Dean’s Advisory Board chair and previously served as a 12th Man Foundation trustee.

“Our values aren’t just etched on different parts of our campus; they’re etched in every graduate,” Roberts said. “I think Texas A&M is better in every single way today than it was when I was a student, but I want to do whatever I can to help make it even better than how we found it. Continuous improvement is a big part of what made me successful, and I’m looking forward to helping the Foundation continue to improve to have even more of an impact on Texas A&M.”