The Partner in Philanthropy Award celebrates Aggie faculty and staff who demonstrate dedicated and lasting participation, commitment and creative leadership to philanthropy and Texas A&M.

Dr. John Junkins was the inaugural recipient of the Partner in Philanthropy Award.

The award was established by the Texas A&M Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2016. To be selected, faculty or staff must be nominated by a member of the Texas A&M Foundation development staff. 

This accolade acknowledges an individual faculty member’s effort to build long-term productive relationships between the university, former students and other private partners in philanthropy.

Recipients demonstrate a deep understanding of the value of private support and have typically developed relationships with donors and contributed their own gifts to Texas A&M.

Honorees receive $10,000 that they can use to advance their research and teaching or direct to an area of their choice.

Past recipients include:

  • 2016Dr. John Junkins, founding director of the Texas A&M Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS), distinguished professor of aerospace engineering and holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair in the College of Engineering
  • 2017Dr. Janet Bluemel, professor of chemistry; Dr. John A. Gladysz, distinguished professor of chemistry and holder of the Dow Chair in Chemical Invention in the College of Science; and M. Edward Rister, professor and holder of the M. Edward Rister ’74 Chair in Rural Entrepreneurship in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • 2018Cydney Donnell 81, executive professor of finance and director of real estate programs in Mays Business School'
  • 2019Dr. Edward Fry, distinguished professor, former department head of physics and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Experimental Physics in the College of Science