TAMU AgriLife Center Renamed to Honor Swinbanks

Texas A&M University’s AgriLife Center, a multi-use event venue located in the heart of the university, has been renamed the Shirley and Joe Swinbank ’74 AgriLife Center to honor our founding partner and his wife. A dinner and reception formally christened the venue Feb. 27 in College Station, Texas..

Joe and Shirley Swinbank are long-time supporters of Texas A&M and agricultural education, donating their time, talents and resources to serve as ambassadors of the university. Joe earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1974 before embarking on an illustrious career that, in addition to founding Sprint Waste Services, today includes business interests in transportation, landfills, industrial waste services, sand mining, commercial real estate and more. Last year he was awarded the highest honor bestowed on former students when he was named a Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus.

“For decades, Shirley and Joe have been gracious supporters and visionary advisers in our ambitious plans,” said Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor of Texas A&M AgriLife, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. “In recognition of their contributions and dedication to our mission of reaching every Texan, we are honored to officially name the AgriLife Center in their honor. Through their generous giving, the Swinbanks will continue to support AgriLife for many years to come.”

Shirley said the renaming was an honor and one the couple hoped and prayed would impact lives for generations. “We see this privilege of having our name inscribed as an opportunity to leave a legacy for our family, our friends and for future generations of Aggies,” said Shirley Swinbank. “We desire our legacy here at Texas A&M to reflect our shared interest in continuing to impact educational opportunities for future Aggies and hopefully to inspire others to leave their legacies on Texas A&M, too.”

Sprint Waste partners and sons Will ’02 and Reagan ’03, daughter Shelly, and their families were on hand for the celebration, along with Sprint Waste President and CEO Dave Nelson. “Joe and Shirley are inspirational leaders to all of us in the Sprint family of companies,” Nelson said. “Their generosity with their time and resources and desire to help others learn and succeed are lessons to us all. It was an honor for me to be at the renaming to celebrate with the family and the university. ”

The AgriLife Center is well known on campus for hosting university events such as traveling exhibits, lectures, workshops, symposiums, and displays of student and faculty work, as well as private receptions and banquets. The Swinbanks’ gift funds will provide ongoing maintenance and other operating requirements of the AgriLife Center, helping with its mission to “meet the needs of reaching ever Texan through education outreach and activities.”

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