Serving More Than Food
When you walk into one of Jerald Huggins’ three restaurants, you’re greeted by cheerful, enthusiastic team members. The Class of 1997 Aggie owns and operates the three Chick-fil-A locations in College Station, a career he feels immeasurably grateful to have. Huggins appreciates the company’s corporate vision, which emphasizes service and caring.
Today, he and his wife, Hayley, are taking their commitment to service outside of the business realm and back to Texas A&M University. They recently established a $25,000 endowed scholarship for students majoring in biological and agricultural engineering, the same field Huggins studied.
The couple’s gift will support undergraduates as they study and explore the ins and outs of large-scale food processing and managing supply chains. “Agriculture is obviously a huge part of the food cycle,” Huggins said. “This field is all about managing people, money and machines.”
Although Huggins doesn’t work in a strict agricultural setting, he credits his Texas A&M education with preparing him for success. He enjoys sharing his experiences with other Aggies through guest lectures and hopes this new scholarship will help even more students succeed. “We want to support their dreams and goals,” he added. “My greatest joy is impacting people’s lives and supporting their growth.”