Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) announced a contribution of $25,000 to the Texas A&M Foundation in honor of GTF’s former board chair, Dr. Malon Southerland. Dr. Southerland retired from the board in 2016 after more than 30 years of service to the foundation and its predecessor entities, most recently serving as chair of GTF from 2007 to 2016.
During his time at GTF, Dr. Southerland led the foundation through both organizational and leadership changes, helping GTF grow into a highly effective and strategic education funder. During his tenure, GTF awarded more than $50 million in grants aimed at helping Texas students achieve their educational goals.
“We are incredibly indebted to Dr. Southerland for his years of service to our organization,” said Mr. Ralph Rushing, current chair of GTF. “Under his leadership, Greater Texas became more focused and strategic in its grantmaking, which ultimately is to the benefit of Texas students.”
GTF’s contribution to the Texas A&M Foundation recognizes Dr. Southerland’s long-standing relationship with Texas A&M University. He completed his undergraduate studies there in 1965, then returned after three years in the United States Army to serve as a counselor for the Corps of Cadets. He went on to hold several more positions at Texas A&M, ultimately retiring from the university as vice president for student affairs in 2003. Dr. Southerland was recognized in 2003 with the Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Chief Student Affairs Officer, an honor awarded by the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.
Funds from GTF will support the J. Malon Southerland Aggie Leader Scholarship, which was created to recognize student leadership and involvement at Texas A&M University.