The Foundation is governed by seven trustees, each appointed for a period of seven years. A new trustee is appointed each year to ensure continuity.
Van Taylor '71, Chairman
Van Taylor is retired as president of network services for the South West region of AT&T after 34-plus years with Southwestern Bell/SBC/AT&T. He was a member of the Research and Infrastructure Committee for Vision 2020, chair of The Association of Former Students in 2006 and is a member of the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council.
Taylor and his wife, Carole, have established a President’s Endowed Scholarship, a General Rudder Corps scholarship and are supporters of the Association of Former Students and Aggie athletics. Taylor has also supported the MSC renovation and expansion project with a major gift to the Texas A&M Foundation. In appreciation of his support, a pillar in the renovated MSC bears his name.
George K. Hickox Jr. '80, Chairman-Elect
George Hickox is a principal of the energy investment firm Heller Hickox & Co. Hickox established the endowed George K. Hickox Jr. Professorship in Petroleum Engineering. He was previously an advisory member to the Texas A&M Foundation’s Investment Committee and to the Industry Board of Texas A&M University’s Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering, and currently serves on the Dwight Look College of Engineering Advisory Council.
Hickox has made two major gifts in support of the MSC renovation and expansion project. In appreciation of his gift, the A&B Multipurpose Room on the upper level of the MSC bears the name of his friend and classmate Robert W. “Bob” Williams ’80. With his second gift, Hickox chose to honor classmate and friend George M. “Randy” Smith ’80 by naming the Southwest “Leadership” MSC entrance after him.
Jorge Bermúdez '73
Jorge Bermúdez ’73 is retired as chief risk officer for Citigroup Inc. after a 34-year career with the company. Following his retirement, he founded Byebrook Group, a small College Station firm dedicated to research and advisory work in the financial services industry. Bermúdez made a recent gift to the Mays Business School to support scholarships for undergraduate business honors students.
Previously, he established the Jorge A. Bermúdez ’73 Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to the dependent child or spouse of a veteran who served in or was killed or disabled in a conflict. Bermudez is a former chairman of the board of The Association of Former Students.
T. Randall "Randy" Cain '82
T. Randall “Randy” Cain is vice chair and southwest region managing partner at Ernst & Young in Dallas, where he oversees 12 offices in nine states. He and his wife, Jyl, are benefactors to Texas A&M, with a recent gift to Mays Business School to support the accounting program. In September, Cain will be honored with the Mays Distinguished Alumnus Award.
He is a past chairman of the 12th Man Foundation, a member of the Dean’s Development Council at Mays Business School and a former member of the Chancellor’s Century Council.
Charles H. Gregory '64
Charles Gregory is president and general partner of Roymax Partners, L.P. in Houston. Gregory has made several major gifts to Texas A&M, including a faculty chair in the College of Liberal Arts, endowed in 2001. With his mother and siblings, he founded a faculty chair in civil engineering in honor of his late father, R.P. Gregory ’32.
Gregory has also supported the MSC renovation and expansion project with a major gift to the Texas A&M Foundation. In appreciation of his support, a pillar in the renovated MSC bears his name. Gregory served on A&M’s One Spirit One Vision capital campaign executive committee and is a Century Club member of The Association of Former Students.
Richard Kardys '67
Richard Kardys is group executive vice president and chief trust officer at Frost National Bank in San Antonio and is also a certified trust financial advisor. He is a member of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Planned Giving Council and has served on Texas A&M’s last two capital campaign committees.
He’s part of the 12th Man Foundation Champions Council and its Council of Athletic Ambassadors. Kardys is past president of The Association of Former Students.
P. William "Bill" Toler '76
Toler is chairman and CEO of Carson City, Nev.-based Swift
Communications Inc., which publishes more than 30 community newspapers and websites in seven western states. He recently completed a four-year term on The Association of Former Students Board of Directors and previously served on Texas A&M's Vision 2020 Advisory Board.
Toler and his wife Melanie created a bequest through the Foundation to fund a President's Endowed Scholarship. He is an Endowed Diamond Century Club member of The Association of Former Students.