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From the Director

John L. Junkins

Brilliant scholars are the foundation on which great universities thrive. The Hagler Institute is the cornerstone of that foundation at Texas A&M University.

John L. Junkins

The Hagler Institute’s mission for Texas A&M is captured in one word –EXCELLENCE.  Thanks to the generosity of Jon Hagler ’58 and related commitments by President Young of continuing support by Texas A&M, the Hagler Institute is permanent for the life of this great university.  Top-level scholars from all over the world, nominated by our faculty, come to Texas A&M for up to twelve months to collaborate on research at the frontiers of knowledge. When one of those Hagler Fellows chooses to come to Texas A&M, most scholars in their field take notice, expanding Texas A&M’s reputation as a destination for the finest in the world.  Once here, they inspire and enhance the research productivity of our already outstanding faculty and students.  In fact, it is the quality of our faculty, students, research facilities, and reputation that makes it attractive for these top scholars to affiliate with us.  Every person that the Institute brings to Texas A&M is, at minimum, a national academy member or of equivalent stature, and each one has demonstrated significant achievements that have moved forward the frontiers of knowledge. These scholars include two Nobel Prize laureates and recipients of many other national and international awards representing the highest honors in a variety of fields, from engineering to economics, medicine to mathematics, agriculture to astronomy, literature to law. I invite you to reflect on the accomplishments of those scholars. Their individual and collective achievements will stun you, as will their impact on Texas A&M.

When Jon Hagler endowed the Hagler Institute and ensured its longevity, distinguished alumnus, Bill Carter ’69, wrote to Jon,

I honestly believe from an academic perspective this will do more for A&M than any program in history.

Our goal for the future is to double the size of the Institute and accelerate achievement of the goals articulated in Vision 2020.   If you would like to be a part of this game-changing initiative, consider endowing a Hagler Institute College Chair. Such chairs are only occupied by Hagler Fellows during their active time in the Institute, and you will be associated with a steady influx of the finest scholars in the world in your college of choice.  By endowing a Hagler Institute College Chair you will help diversify the nomination pool and ensure participation in this program of excellence by your chosen college.

The Institute is forever indebted to Jon Hagler’s generosity. Jon is the Aggie’s Aggie. As an undergraduate, he was corps commander and a Ross Volunteer before serving on active military duty as an officer in the US Army for three years. He earned an MBA at Harvard and later launched a career that led to remarkable success and accomplishment in the highly competitive financial investment community. He has been a longtime supporter of Texas A&M as a philanthropist and as a strategic planner on A&M’s behalf, recently earning an honorary doctorate for his gallant contributions to higher education. He serves on this Institute’s External Advisory Board. Jon Hagler’s life sets a standard of excellence, generosity, and principled leadership that is admirable and exemplary by any standard.

Thanks to Jon Hagler and others committed to this university, the future is now bright for the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, and Texas A&M continues its march toward world academic leadership.