“Mr. Al-Falih is a wonderful example of an alumnus who remains in contact with his university and college,” said G. Kemble Bennett, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Dwight Look College of Engineering. “We appreciate this quality in Khalid and are grateful for the many ways he has enhanced engineering education at Texas A&M.” Bennett extolled the accomplishments of Al-Falih’s successful career and his responsibilities in leading the world’s largest petroleum company saying the decisions he makes have the potential to impact billions of lives worldwide. “He places high value on self-initiative in knowledge, collaboration and networking in an increasingly interdependent world and has made social responsibility a personal initiative” Bennett said in his remarks. Al-Falih’s commitments at the local and regional levels to support education, professional development, entrepreneurship and empowerment of women in business, as well as philanthropic activities on behalf of the poor and victims of disaster has been noticed both in the U.S. and abroad. This past year the City of Houston proclaimed May 1 as Khalid Al-Falih Day, acknowledging him as “an outstanding global citizen with longstanding ties to the city of Houston and the state of Texas. Porter Garner the president and chief executive officer of The Association of Former Students said that since the award’s inception in 1995, the idea has always been to acknowledge the tradition that international students are a catalyst for Texas A&M’s global development and continued prosperity. “Khalid is an outstanding example of the impact that Aggies can have on Texas A&M University and our entire world, regardless of where they reside,” Porter said. “We are fortunate that he is a significant part of our worldwide Aggie Network.” A loyal Aggie, Al-Falih is quick to note the relevance of his Texas A&M experience to his professional and personal achievements on the global stage. . “My years at Texas A&M not only provided me with a firm technical foundation for my professional career, but also reinforced many of the values which guide me in my life to this day. Integrity and hard work is core to being an Aggie and the value of self-development and lifelong learning are all integral to A&M,” Al-Falih said. “Furthermore, my experiences as a young international student at the University helped to shape my attitudes and perspectives on collaboration and partnership within our global community.” In addition, Al-Falih generously supports the University’s educational mission through scholarships, chairs and other gifts and grants, including the Harold J. Haynes Dean’s Chair in Engineering. ### The Outstanding International Alumnus Award is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M University, The Association of Former Students and the College of the recipient. Created in 1994, this award honors Texas A&M graduates who were not U.S. citizens while attending the University, but who went on to achieve prominence in education, the sciences, technology, agriculture, the arts, business, humanities or government. Those who are chosen for this award must have a good record of accomplishments that favorably reflect on his or her educational experience at Texas A&M. Previous recipients of this award are Orlando Olcese ‘48 and ‘50 of Peru; Jung Uck Seo ‘63 of Korea; C.K. Wang ‘75 and ‘78 of Taiwan; Carlos E. Aquino Gonzalez ‘70 of the Dominican Republic; S. Shariq Yosufzai ‘74 of Pakistan; Keiyu Ueno ‘77 of Japan; Jorge F. Quiroga Ramirez ‘81, of Bolivia; Alberto Mariano Vázquez de la Cerda ‘75 of Mexico; Alberto Alemán Zubieta ‘73 of Panama; ChoaShing Lee ‘83 of Taiwan; Pablo D. Marvin ‘66 of Mexico; Martín Torrijos Espino‘87, of Panama; and Narit Paul Jivasantikarn ‘81 of Thailand.
Published on Apr 6, 2010