Thomas Russell makes additional gift to help fund late father's professorship

KINGSVILLE - September 23, 2016

Contact: Julie Navejar
Email: julie.navejar@tamuk.edu
or Phone: 361-593-2590


The Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation has announced that Dr. Thomas Russell, class of 1962 and son of Ralph Russell, along with his wife, Jeanne, have made a donation of $100,000 to the College of Business Administration’s Ralph Russell Distinguished Professorship. 

This gift is in addition to their initial challenge gift of $150,000 in 2012. Since their first gift, several alumni have answered the call to action to help them reach the $750,000 goal. Today, the Ralph Russell Distinguished Professorship has nearly $650,000, leaving a little over $100,000 left. Once fully funded, this will be the first professorship in the College of Business Administration. 

The late Ralph Russell, Professor Emeritus, was an accounting professor at Texas A&I University for 26 years. He was known for engaging students through rigorous instruction and for providing honest and thorough feedback. He challenged his students to strive for success and excellence. Today, many of Russell’s former students hold executive positions and have received recognition for their career achievements. 

Two of Russell’s former students, Leo Womack, class 1965 and Forbes Baker, class of 1966, have agreed to lead a final call to action. Both have made leadership pledges toward the fund and are challenging their fellow alumni to join them by making a gift of any amount to the Ralph Russell Distinguished Professorship to help them match the $100,000 gift from Dr. & Mrs. Russell. 

To learn more about the Texas A&M Kingsville-Foundation or to make a gift visit www.javelinagiving.org.

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