Executive Staff

Tyson Voelkel '96

President & Chief Executive Officer
Email Tyson(979) 845-8161

As head of the university’s major-gift fundraising entity, Tyson provides direction for the management of the Foundation’s endowment, serves as the principal liaison with the university, and leads university-wide fundraising activities, including the $4 billion Lead by Example campaign. Read More.

Will Fusselman '95

Vice President and General Counsel
Email Will(979) 845-8161

Will is vice president and general counsel after serving in the Office of Gift Planning for more than 10 years. He is responsible for corporate legal affairs and legal aspects of the Foundation’s nonprofit corporation status and its fundraising and asset management mission. He also serves as corporate secretary and corporate compliance officer for the Foundation. Will joined the Foundation in April 2006.

John Huser '89

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Email John(979) 845-8161

John is the Foundation's vice president and chief financial officer. He oversees finance operations, including teams focused on gift processing and accounting, as well as human resources, real estate services, and information services and technology. John joined the Foundation in February 2018.

Jim Palincsar

Senior Vice President for Development
Email Jim(979) 845-8161

Jim leads overall development efforts for the Foundation. He has responsibility for unit-based development, principal gifts, gift planning, strategic planning development efforts, and corporate and foundation relations. He also oversees all comprehensive fundraising campaigns that the Foundation manages for the university. Jim has been with the Foundation since April 1990.

Mike Pia

Chief Investment Officer
Email Mike(979) 845-5936

Mike Pia joined the Texas A&M Foundation as its Chief Investment Officer in May of 2020 and leads the Foundation’s investment team in driving critical decisions for the success of the Foundation’s $2 billion long-term investment pool to the sole benefit of Texas A&M University. Mike is also a key member of the Foundation’s executive team that is charged with charting a path to achieve the Foundation’s vision of being amongst the most trusted philanthropies in higher education. Mike came to the Foundation from the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) of Texas, where he held a variety of roles to include managing director of the Trust’s strategic relationships, chair of the management committee, investment committee member, chief of staff, as well as a senior real estate portfolio manager. Prior to his career in finance, Mike was a Marine Officer and served in the United States Marine Corps on both Active Duty and in the Reserves, deploying overseas four times. His primary military specialty was a F-18D Weapons and Sensor Officer (WSO) and he also served as a flight instructor and battalion air officer. Following his Active Duty military service, Mike worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics as a senior systems engineer on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program as well as the Advanced Development Program (ADP). Mr. Pia has earned both CFA and CAIA charters. He also holds an MBA degree from Texas Christian University, an M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of West Florida and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering With Distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy. He is married and has two daughters, both of whom are Aggies.

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