2012 Honorees

Travis B. Bryan III

A lifetime resident of Bryan, Travis B. Bryan III graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1965. After receiving a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University in 1969, Mr. Bryan received a law degree from Baylor University in 1972. He served as a member of the Bryan City Council for three years and was the Brazos County District Attorney for five years. He has served on numerous boards, including the Texas Municipal Power Agency, Brazos Valley MHMR, and First National Bank. In 2003, Mr. Bryan was voted the most successful criminal lawyer in Brazos County by Texas Lawyer’s Weekly, a statewide legal publication. Judge Bryan currently presides over the 272nd District Court in Brazos County.

Daniel Hernandez

After graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1969, Daniel Hernandez attended Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1973. He held various posts at Texas A&M University, including serving as Assistant Director of Admissions and Affirmative Action Officer. Mr. Hernandez received a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. He returned to Texas A&M as Chief of Litigation, Assistant General Counsel and Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Development. He currently serves as an Associate Adjunct Professor, College of Architecture and Community Development at Prairie View A&M University and is a founding partner of the Hernandez Law Firm. A former Bryan City Council member, Mr. Hernandez serves on numerous Boards and is the founder of Bryan/College Station Family Solutions.

Ronald W. Jackson

A 1965 graduate of Stephen F. Austin High School, Ronnie Jackson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University in 1969 and a Master of Public Administration from Texas A&M in 1983. Mr. Jackson was employed for 37 years with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University System, serving first as Assistant Fiscal Officer, followed by stints as Assistant Agency Director, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Director Emeritus. Since 1974, Mr. Jackson has hosted “Bryan’s Best” TV show, highlighting Bryan High School athletics each fall. He currently serves on the Salvation Army Board of Directors.

James K.B. Nelson

Following graduation from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1945, James K.B. Nelson enrolled at Texas A&M University where he became the editor of the campus newspaper, The Battalion, and served as a Ross Volunteer. He received degrees in Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering and began a career in the oil drilling industry which lasted until his retirement in 2008. He was president and owner of Grey Wolf Drilling Company from 1978-1997. Selected as Houston Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young in 1997, Mr. Nelson was also named a Distinguished Graduate in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at TAMU that same year. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus by Texas A&M in 2005 and named to the Cadet Corps Hall of Honor in 2008.

Sharon C. Reece

After graduating from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1971, Sharon Reece attended Baylor and Texas Tech universities. She received an associate degree in Dental Hygiene. Mrs. Reece currently assists in her husband’s dental practice with accounts payable and public relations. An active community volunteer, Mrs. Reece has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Junior League of Bryan/College Station, BISD Education Foundation, American Heart Association, St. Joseph Bash, First United Methodist Church, OPAS Guild and Briarcrest Country Club. She has been recognized for her volunteer service by KCEN-TV and the Prenatal Clinic of Brazos Valley.

Frank Seale

Frank Seale graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1956. He graduated from Allen Academy Junior College in 1958 and Texas A&M University in 1961. He earned a Masters in Education from Sam Houston State University in 1964. He began his career in Austin ISD, where he was a classroom teacher, baseball coach and assistant principal. In 1974, he moved to Midlothian, where he served as a middle school principal until retiring in 1993. Mr. Seale’s 33-year career in education is marked by high achievement and honors. Among them: voted High School Baseball Coach of the Year in 1968 and 1971; Principal of the Year Finalist in 1985; honored at the Texas State Capitol by Gov. Bill Clements for Commitment to Educational Excellence in 1990. In 2005, the Frank Seale Middle School was named in his honor by the Midlothian ISD School Board.

Jerry Strawser

A Bryan High School Class of 1979 graduate, Jerry Strawser went on to earn B.B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas A&M University. After employment as an accountant in private industry, Mr. Strawser entered a career in higher education, serving as a teaching assistant and lecturer at Texas A&M University, assistant professor and research fellow at Louisiana State University and professor and dean at the University of Houston. He rejoined Texas A&M in 2001 and now serves as the Dean and Development Chair in Business and Professor of Accounting, Mays Business School.

Crystal Galny Zwerneman

Following graduation from Bryan High School in 1997, Crystal Galny Zwerneman attended Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism in 2001. After internships with the U.S. Department of State and CNN White House Washington Bureau, Mrs. Zwerneman returned to Bryan and joined the staff at KBTX-TV as a video editor and general assignments reporter. Throughout her time with KBTX, Mrs. Zwerneman has anchored every news broadcast time slot and currently anchors the News Three at Noon broadcast in addition to hosting Mom’s Everyday. She is a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists and serves on the boards of several community organizations.

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