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School of Education and Human Development

Outstanding Alumni Awards & Gala


The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) can bestow upon its former students. Since 2004, the school has been honoring individuals who have made outstanding contributions in their chosen fields with significant impact, innovation and influence in the college, in their community and beyond.

SEHD is now accepting 2022 Outstanding Alumni nominations.


  • 2022

    Dr. Archie L. Blanson '05

    Dr. William A. Jasper '97

    Dr. Gena L. Jerkins '95

    Dr. Brooke Kandel '09

    Katherine Franklin '14 (Early Career Recipient)

    Jeffrey Yarbrough '12 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2021

    Dr. Miguel Angel Cano '11

    Dr. Andrea Foster '82, '84, '98

    Dr. Dave A.R. Louis '05

    Dr. Emil R. Rodolfa '81

    Captain Derek J. Bull '13 (Early Career Recipient)

    Dr. Geovanny J. Ponce '19 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2020

    None Awarded

  • 2019

    Anthony Donato, Ph.D. '04

    Olga Perez-Garcia Gentry '86

    Tom Glenn '73, '77

    Matt Timmons '00

    Kendra L. Williams-Diehm, Ph.D. '99, '02, '06

    Lt. Cmdr. Josh Swift, Ph.D. '10 (Early Career Recipient)

    Christie Whitbeck, Ph.D. '11 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2018

    Matthew Allen '03

    Jimmy Cheek '69

    Judy Webb LeUnes '76

    Charol Shakeshaft '78

    Daphne Watkins '06

    Rose Mason '12 (Early Career Recipient)

    Edgar J. Villarreal '07 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2017

    Dr. Steven Furney '75

    Don D. Albrecht, Ph.D. '76

    Gayle Bellomy '74

    Henry J. Ostermann '72

    Brandon R. Macias '12 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2016

    Tiffany Barfield '99

    Dr. Rita Barrera Hernandez '86

    Gary Kubiak '83

    Kelly Ricks '92

    Dr. Terry Kidd '11 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2015

    E. Brooks Applegate III '86

    Trevor M. Burt '95

    Meixia Ding '05

    Barbara Teague Polnick '99

    Eun Sook Kim '08 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2014

    John W. Logan '83 (Posthumously Awarded)

    Ronald S. Palomares '83 '92

    Nico P. Pronk '92

    Donald J. Stockton '96

    Matthew Lee Smith '08 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2013

    Bobbie Biggs '76

    William Dee Nichols '95

    Salvador Hector Ochoa '89

    T. Gilmour Reeve '76

    Melanie Sartore-Baldwin '07 (Early Career Recipient)

  • 2012

    Pebbles Fagan '97

    Art Hernandez '87

    Michael Sagas '99 '01

    Maria Shelton '87

  • 2011

    Kevin P. Jackson '00

    June Scobee Rodgers '83

  • 2010

    Carla Chapman Amacher '93 '95

    Xitao Fan '93

    John E. Trott, Jr. '66 '72

    Jennifer L. Milam '01 '08 (Early-Career Recipient)

  • 2009

    Eddie J. Davis '67 '73 '80

    Celia R. Goode-Haddock '72

    Gertrude B. Henry '95

    Deanna F. Yates '91

    Jo Ann Bludau '94

  • 2008

    Peggy Coghlan '76

    Susan J. Simpson '03

    David P. Thompson '84

    Jack Michael Willoughby '67

  • 2007

    Robin L. Hughes '97

    Pamela Rodriguez Juarez '77

    David A. Rubenstein '77

    Emilie A. Naiser '03 (Early Career Award)

  • 2006

    James F. Fales '72

    Deneese L. Jones '88

    Joseph Mitchell '83

  • 2005

    Paul B. Beran '96

    William A. Thomson '79

  • 2004

    Cecil B. Drain '86

    Arno W. Krebs '64

    James E. McMunigal '86


Individuals, living or deceased, meeting the following eligibility requirements, will be considered for recognition:

  1. Graduate of the School of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University (undergraduate or graduate), as well as graduates under the “old name” of college.

    2. Not a previous recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award/Early Career

    3. Not currently employed by Texas A&M University-College Station, Texas

    4. Individuals may be nominated for the Early Career Outstanding Alumni Award – a graduate that has earned his/her degree within the past three to ten years and meets the award criteria listed below.


SEHD will recognize/honor its graduates who contribute to Texas and the nation based upon consideration of one or both of the following criteria:

  1. Evidence of outstanding contributions or leadership within their chosen fields across their community, state and the nation through professional service, public service and/or civic activities
  2. Provides extraordinary support for the benefit of the school

Nomination Requirements

Nominations packets are reviewed annually and honorees are selected by a committee. The nominator must provide all materials pertinent to the nomination. The complete nomination file is limited to 12 pages.

The following items are required:

  1. Download Nomination Form
  2. Vita/CV/Resume (no more than three pages) to include:
    a. Nominee’s education (degrees, honorary degrees, names of institutions, year conferred)
    b. Nominee’s awards (professional, community, business, etc.)
    c. Nominee’s accomplishments and contributions
  3. Statement of Nominee’s “Transformational Moments” throughout their career
  4. One nomination letter (two page limit)
  5. Two support letters (two page limit per letter)


For more information, please contact:

Wendy Kreider

Hard Copy Nomination Packets can be sent to:

Wendy Kreider
Texas A&M University
School of Education and Human Development / Dean’s Office
802F Harrington Tower / 4222 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4222

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