TEXARKANA, Texas (May 16, 2007) – Truman Arnold and Anita Arnold not only served as guest speakers at the May 12 spring commencement exercises for Texas A&M University – Texarkana (TAMUT), they also became the recipients of two prestigious, honorary Doctor of Leadership degrees. Graduates, faculty, staff and the community celebrated as the philanthropic couple received their tassels and robes and were recognized for their exceptional efforts to further the educational outreach of the University.
Known as the founder and Chairman of Truman Arnold Companies, Truman Arnold and spouse Anita Arnold, are known throughout the region for their successful businesses and charitable work in the community. The Arnolds fully support TAMUT’s goal to provide residents of Northeast Texas with the broadest possible access to quality educational opportunities and educational services.
“It is a great honor for us to receive this recognition from TAMUT,” said Anita Arnold. “We believe in investing in the future of students by building up the facilities and programs that will help them achieve the skills they need to become the business leaders and outstanding citizens in our community.”
Long-time supporters of TAMUT, the Arnolds have endowed several educational programs and positions including the Chair of Information Sciences. Anita Arnold has served as a member of the Women for TAMUT Board. The Arnolds are also a pivotal part of the expansion of the TAMUT campus currently under construction on 375 acres north of Texarkana. Approximately 75 acres were received as a gift from the Truman and Anita Arnold Foundation.
Recommendations for honorary degrees were made by the faculty, the administration, or members of the Board of Regents. The Arnolds join another renowned Texarkana native, H. Ross Perot, who received an honorary doctorate of leadership in 2006, the first such award A&M-Texarkana gave since it joined the Texas A&M University System in 1996.