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.

A Brenham native, he 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 organizations including the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and Ross Volunteers and was selected as the first 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 has served on numerous boards and enjoys having a positive impact on organizations. He 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 and the Bush School of Government and Public Service Advisory Board. 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.

In the Media

Trees for the Forest

Texas A&M University thrives on planned gifts and the transformative power of passion and persistence in shaping brighter futures.

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The Ties That Bind

The university’s core values have had a lasting impact in shaping character-driven, dedicated leaders.

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The World of Tomorrow

If there’s a problem endangering our future or a discovery that will enhance it, you can bet someone at Texas A&M University is already working on it.

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70 Years of Building a Brighter Future

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Texas A&M Foundation. Formed by 21 passionate former students in 1953, our organization continues to carry on their vision of building a brighter future for Texas A&M University through private philanthropy.

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Honored in Aggieland

An honorary or memorial gift in Aggieland is the perfect way to celebrate those who hold a special place in your heart.

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Unconditional Love

Christi '98 and Tyson Voelkel '96 honor their late daughter Lily with an endowed scholarship for Aggies pursuing special education degrees.

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Four Billion Reasons

The achievement of the Lead by Example campaign’s $4 billion goal proves there is no limit to what the Aggie community can accomplish.

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Campaign Concludes

Tyson speaks to TexAgs host Gabe Bock about the successful conclusion of Texas A&M's $4 billion Lead by Example campaign.

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Life Lessons

In the Brazos 360 magazine, Tyson, and his wife Christi, speak on parenting and the importance of tackling life as a team.

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No Turning Back

Tyson speaks on the McChrystal Group's podcast about building trusted relationships between the university and donors.

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