We are the ‘keepers of the flame’ with the solemn responsibility to continue making progress while cultivating the fundamental values that truly define Texas A&M.

Interim President John L. Junkins

Dr. John L. Junkins became the interim president of Texas A&M University on January 1, 2021.

A nationally renowned educator, inventor, and aerospace engineer, Dr. Junkins combines 35 years of experience at Texas A&M with a track record as a collaborator and consensus builder who has worked with a wide array of constituents, ranging from faculty and staff to students and former students.

Before being named interim president, he served as a University Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering and holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker Chair in Innovation.

He is also the founding director of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study, an innovative interdisciplinary effort that brings some of the world’s most prominent scholars to collaborate with Texas A&M students and faculty.

Dr. Junkins launched his own research career as an undergraduate at age 19, serving as a co-op student during the historic Apollo program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Throughout his career, he has consulted with industry and government, and his basic research results have helped support more than a dozen space missions.

A distinguished scholar, researcher, teacher, and mentor, Dr. Junkins has used his personal knowledge and experience to serve others, helping to guide and develop two generations of professors and three generations of Ph.D. students, who have collectively had an immense influence on the field of aerospace engineering and are considered a significant national resource.

Dr. Junkins joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1985 as the first endowed chair holder in the College of Engineering, previously holding academic appointments at the University of Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

The author of more than four-hundred papers and eight widely used technical books, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, the International Academy of Astronautics, and an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Throughout his long and inspiring career, he has received more than a dozen international recognitions for his research, including the highest honor in his field, the Robert H. Goddard Astronautics Award.