Hagler, "Trustee Emeritus", To Receive Honorary Doctorate From Texas A&M

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Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: May 08, 2015

For his commitment to the university and to educational philanthropy, the College of Education & Human Development at Texas A&M will present Jon Hagler, ’58, with an honorary doctorate degree at its 2015 spring commencement.

“He is the very embodiment of everything we believe the ideal Aggie to be,” wrote Drs. Bryan R. Cole, professor emeritus of higher education, and Yvonna S. Lincoln, university distinguished professor of higher education.

“He is a man of courage, integrity, loyalty, generosity, leadership and fidelity to any task Aggieland asks of him. He always steps up to the plate for his Alma Mater, his other mother. His love of this institution – and unflagging support of A&M in a thousand visible and unseen ways – is unparalleled.”

Hagler – who is the namesake and lead donor of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Jon L. Hagler Center – was a member of the foundation’s board of trustees for seven years, serving as chairman in 1999. In recognition of his dedication and leadership, the Foundation, in 2003, named him “Trustee Emeritus,” only the second such honor it has bestowed in its 52-year history.

He also served as co-chair of the Executive Committee in the university’s landmark strategic planning initiative, Vision 2020: Creating a Culture of Excellence, which articulates the university’s bold recognition of necessary institutional evolution required to achieve its mission as a land, sea and space grant institution of global preeminence.

“As a member of the original Vision 2020 task force, I found Mr. Hagler’s leadership to be essential in the planning, design and articulation of Vision 2020,” wrote Dr. Douglas J. Palmer, dean and professor of the College of Education & Human Development.

“Jon L. Hagler is the true spirit of Texas A&M University and, although he has received many honors from his grateful alma mater, perhaps the grandest gift we might bestow would be an honorary doctorate. His devotion to the education of others, his unflinching support of the university in seen and unseen, honored and unsung ways, and his fidelity to the ideal of educational excellence, all mark him as the educated, wise and dedicated teacher and mentor worthy of the highest degree the University offers. We are deeply honored to join in this nomination and can think of no individual more deserving for this award.”

Hagler made a $5 million grant to the One Spirit One Vision capital campaign and has funded 100 Foundation Excellence Award scholarships for undergraduates. Most recently, he made a considerable gift to the college’s sports management degree program. Over the years, he has made multiple gifts for special projects and capital campaigns, all of which support and sustain the university’s drive toward excellence and international prominence.

“Each of us is from the private sector and we recognize that there are many differences between public universities and our professional worlds,” wrote former Texas A&M Board of Regents members L. Lowry Mays, John Mobley and R. H. Stevens.

“As Regents, we had the opportunity to work together with university and government leaders to develop policies and set directions for the development of the university. While this work can be, at times, challenging, it is frequently exciting, and always important. Jon has been a model of private sector engagement who has effectively worked with university and private industry leaders for the betterment of Texas A&M. His work with the university has facilitated the emergence of Texas A&M as a world-class institution.”