By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications
Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young and Provost Karan L. Watson have announced a new faculty honor – Presidential Impact Fellows ‒ and the new award is among the most prestigious ever presented to Texas A&M faculty.
The inaugural class of Presidential Impact Fellows includes 24 faculty members across Texas A&M’s 16 colleges and schools, two branch campuses and comprehensive University Libraries. Each recipient will receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for the next three fiscal years to accelerate their teaching, research and service efforts, and will also include the title of Presidential Impact Fellow for life. In addition, each recipient will receive a glass art memento reflecting the synergy of transformational learning, discovery, and impact achieved through Texas A&M’s commitment to creating a better world.
Each recipient has been identified by their Dean and confirmed by academic leadership. They are considered candidates for continued or new national and international acclaim and will utilize this honor to participate in national dialogue, advance their scholarship and create new partnerships.
President Young initiated the concept of the new titles and their strategic imperative at his “State of the University” address last October, calling on the students, faculty, staff, former students and partners of Texas A&M to embrace grand challenges, commit to core values and embody the unique “can-do” spirit that distinguishes Texas Aggies in service through education.
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