Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students recently recognized Charlie W. Seely, Jr. ’55 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former student.
Seely, a member of the Texas A&M University Press Advancement Board, is a US Army veteran, independent oil and gas producer, president of Seely Oil Co., and chairman of three companies that manufacture plastic products.
Since the inception of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1962, only 237 of Texas A&M’s 410,000 former students have been recognized. The award recognizes Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities.
The recipients, including Seely, learned of the honor when a group of university and association representatives surprised them in their places of business and other locations.
The Association of Former Students will recognize award recipients during its annual Distinguished Alumni Gala and during the Texas A&M football game against Ole Miss, both in October.
One of Seely’s companies was previously honored as part of the Aggie 100, which spotlights the fastest-growing Aggie-owned or Aggie-led companies. He was a member of the Corps of Cadets, received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. He is an Endowed Century Club donor to The Association of Former Students and his many gifts to the 12th Man Foundation and Texas A&M Foundation have earned him recognition as an Eppright Distinguished Donor and member of the Legacy Society.