ABOUT

OVERVIEW

During the summer of 2020, a group of dedicated but concerned Aggies created The Rudder Association, Inc. to put the “Aggie” back in Aggieland and ultimately in accordance with our name, to steer a better course for education in Texas. 

For decades, Texas A&M University has produced patriotic leaders of character who promptly became productive citizens. Its unique mix of official traditions, coupled with the true Aggie culture, enabled Texas A&M to create a continuous source of graduates with the fiber and fortitude necessary to meet the challenges of contemporary society. The consensus is that those things that Aggies hold sacred and dear have been eroded or, in some cases, lost. If not casually neglected, they are directly assaulted. Our country needs a constant supply of leaders of character. The recipe for that product includes the core values and the culture that has made Texas A&M unique and special. The Rudder Association, Inc. proposes to honor, protect, and defend those things that make Texas A&M different and exemplary.

By being separate and independent of the University, The Rudder Association, Inc. will have the objectivity to observe and document when the Texas A&M core values and the Aggie culture are recklessly ignored or modified. 

MISSION

Develop well-educated leaders of character who embody the values of Honor, Courage, Integrity, Discipline and Selfless Service, are academically successful, highly sought-after, and prepared for the global leadership challenges of the future

OBJECTIVES

Preserve, Defend and Perpetuate the Texas Aggie Core Values and Texas Aggie Culture for Former Students, Current and Future Students.

 
 
 
 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MICHAEL BEGGS '68

ANDY HANSEN '71

TOM HUFFHINES ’74

TOM BEVANS ‘ 84

GAIL PIGEON ’84

JOSE QUINTANA '86

ELIZABETH HOLLE '92

 

TRA OFFICERS

Matt Poling '90

President

TOM HUFFHINES ’74

Executive Vice President

DONNA HUNTER ‘86

Secretary

J.D. FOSTER ‘10

Legal Officer

WENDY LETENDRE '90

Office Manager

TROY DAVENPORT '03

Treasurer

MICHAEL BEGGS ‘68

Assistant Treasurer

DARWIN SPARKMAN '77

 

Membership Development Coordinator

ADVISORY COUNCIL

EMILE SOULIER

KEVIN FLANIGAN ’89

JOE BOURGEOIS ’89