Why Give

In order to grow and continuously raise the bar on our academic initiatives, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications (ALEC) depends on the support from former students and friends like you. Now, with help from the Texas A&M Foundation, it is even easier to give to the department through the GiveNow secure online giving site.

Our Aggie students are receiving a world-class education while participating in activities that will prepare them for a successful career, and this is all possible because of passionate supporters just like you! Remember that your investment goes beyond that of monetary support and gives us a firm foundation upon which we build the future agricultural leaders, educators, and communicators of tomorrow.

Giving Opportunities

ALEC currently has several online opportunities in which to give. Read about these opportunities below and consider making an investment in our students and faculty.

  1. Grand Vision – This account provides for construction of new space, giving the department the ability to expand facilities by 20,000 square feet (sf). This includes a 20,000 sf Agricultural STEM Complex, an entire building dedicated to providing applied STEM instruction to agricultural education teachers.The Grand Vision is currently our most essential development initiative, as it provides for critical space, software and technology for our growing department. Read more on how the Grand Vision will strengthen the teaching, research, outreach and Extension mission of our department.
  2. Debbie King Scholarship – This scholarship was created by three former students of the department who wanted to honor our very own Debbie King, a long-time employee of ALEC, and support an agricultural science student during their student-teaching semester.
  3. Douglas P. Starr Endowed Scholarship – This newly created scholarship honors the legacy of former Texas A&M journalism professor Doug Starr, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday. This account will provide one or more scholarships to full-time students pursuing a degree in agricultural journalism or journalism at Texas A&M.
  4. Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications Excellence Fund – This fund is used at the discretion of the department head to support the teaching, research, outreach and Extension needs of the department.
  5. COADC Dr. Joe D. Townsend ’67 ALEC Leadership Fellows Program – Funds for this program are used to impact student learning by funding activities that support advanced undergraduate study in leadership.
  6. Agricultural Leadership and Development Endowed Fund for Excellence – Gifts to this account are used to support programs in agricultural leadership and development, including travel, student organizations, equipment, etc.
  7. Agricultural Journalism Endowed Fund for Excellence – Gifts to this account are used to help insure excellence in the agricultural communications and journalism program through professorships, equipment and facilities, student enrichment activities, scholarships, and faculty development.


Ways to Give

There are an unlimited number of ways you can give back and support the mission of our department. If you prefer to establish your own unique gift in ALEC, the Texas A&M Foundation can assist in helping you tailor your gift to fit your short- or long-term charitable goals.

For more information on giving opportunities in the department, contact Kelsey Christian, director of development

Kelsey Christian ’02
Director of Development
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas A&M Foundation

Corporate Relations

For more information on our Grand Vision and the department’s development mission, contact Dr. Jack Elliot, department head

Dr. Jack Elliot, department head Dr. Jack Elliot
Department Head
Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications

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