2021 Legacy Award Recipients

Andrea Williams

Andrea Williams '97


Andrea Williams serves as Chief Operating Officer for the College Football Playoff (CFP). In her role, Williams is responsible for managing the national championship game and all related events, serves as liaison to the six bowl games that participate in the CFP arrangement, and manages the process for selecting sites for future championship games.

 Before joining the CFP, Williams led the Big Sky Conference as its sixth commissioner. The appointment made history in college athletics as she was the first African American woman to assume this role at a Division I NCAA conference.

Williams transitioned to the Big Sky from the Big Ten Conference, where she spent a decade as the conference's associate commissioner, handling branding and transitioning into football and basketball operations.

 Williams has received honors such as the SportsBusiness Journal “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business” award, Shadow League Award for Leadership, and the San Antonio Express-News Sportswoman of the Year.

Williams currently serves on several committees, including the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation Board, Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Board, and Ohio University Alumni Advisory Board.

In addition to working for the CFP, Big Ten, and Big Sky, Williams has also served on staff with the NCAA and the Southern Conference. 

Williams competed as a two-sport athlete at Texas A&M and the first Aggie to letter in both volleyball and basketball in the same season.

Williams completed a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M and a Master of Sport Administration from Ohio University.

Renee Tyer-Goodwin '79 & '84


Renee Tyer-Goodwin, P.E., Texas A&M University Class of ‘79 and ’84, a teacher, an engineer and a businesswoman has an undying passion for all facets of education.   Receiving her Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate degree she taught mathematics and science in Bryan/College Station and in the Tyler area.

Returning to Texas A&M, with the encouragement and mentorship of Mr. and Mrs. Royce E. Wisenbaker, she received her undergraduate petroleum engineering degree in 1984.  Renee blazed the trail for women engineers in the 1980s, being the first woman offshore drilling engineer in the Gulf of Mexico for British Petroleum (SOHIO).  After working in offshore and onshore production, reservoir engineering, and becoming a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas she established an oil and gas corporation, TP Exploration, Inc. serving as President/CEO for over thirty years.

Coming full-circle, continuing her love for education, presently, Renee is an award-winning children’s book author, creator of GG Life Lesson Storybook Series ® books, published by Fulton Books.  Renee’s first GG Life Lesson Storybook Series ® book, GG Cleans House – Learning Teamwork is in the Children’s Collection in the Texas A&M University Cushing Library.  Her books are available for the Texas A&M education students to share with schools and communities during their student teaching endeavors and beyond.  Renee believes, “your education belongs to YOU, to encourage YOU, to become that special YOU, to share with others.”

Renee Tyer-Goodwin

2019 Legacy Award Recipients

Angie Stooksberry

Angie Stooksberry

Angie Stooksberry Rogers '84 received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1987 from Texas A&M University and practices at Eldorado Animal Hospital in McKinney, Texas. She currently serves as a board member of the Friends of the Texas A&M Libraries and on the Biomedical Sciences board with the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

In 2015 Angie’s son, Brandon, lost his life to a heroin overdose after many years of struggling with addiction. Since her family’s devastating loss, Angie has worked incredibly hard to help those who struggle with addiction. With the help of The Association of Former Students and generous family and friends, she established the Brandon Rogers Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund. She advocated for the need for a collegiate recovery organization; thus, the Aggie Recovery Community was born in 2016. Angie also continues to serve on the Recovery Services Committee at Texas A&M.

Today, Angie is an avid volunteer in the local recovery community. Despite her pain, she persists, raising awareness about substance abuse and recovery through many outlets.

Rita Hernandez

Rita Barrera Hernandez Ed. D '86 is a first-generation college graduate. After earning her education degree from Texas A&M University, she returned to Brownsville, Texas, where she taught middle school. Her commitment to her craft and dedication to her students earned her Teacher of the Year recognition. After succeeding as a popular teacher, high-performing principal and successful assistant superintendent, she retired from public school education after 30 years.

She currently serves as president of Cameron County Education Initiative (CCEI), a nonprofit career school committed to increasing families' earning capacity via affordable career training. She has successfully written grants aimed at providing zero-cost career training for struggling families.

She fosters relationships with university leaders to create a pipeline of students in Brownsville to Texas A&M University. Together with other local Aggies, they have sponsored countless senior trips for high school students to attend university tours and athletic events. Her dedication to her students helps create legacies for future Aggies and beyond.

Rita Hernandez

Charean Williams

Charean Williams

Charean Williams ‘86 started her career in 1994 as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. After six seasons, she began working for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram covering the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys. Since Charean’s first season covering the NFL, she has built an incredible career and won numerous awards. She earned a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, as the first woman to win the Dick McCann Award. In 2007, Williams became the first female member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. She was also the first female leader of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), serving in the position during the 2009-10 NFL seasons.

Williams, who earned the nickname “Mother Football,” was selected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. She received the 2017 Blackie Sherrod Award from the Dallas Sports Commission for lifetime achievement covering sports in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She was inducted into Texas A&M’s Former Journalism Student Association’s Hall of Honor in 2012.

In her more than 30-year career, Williams has covered 25 Super Bowls and seven Olympic Games. She currently works as an adjunct professor at SMU and has worked for Pro Football Talk, NBC’s digital NFL site, since June 2017.

2020 Legacy Award Recipients

Mary Jo Prince

Mary Jo Prince

Mary Jo Prince ’78, a passionate traffic safety educator, joined Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension’s Family and Consumer Health Division in 2014 and currently serves as the Brazos Valley Injury Prevention Coalition’s Program Coordinator. With her commitment to making an impact on saving lives, especially those of Texas A&M and Blinn students, she cherishes every opportunity to combine her traffic safety educator aspirations with her dedicated volunteerism for agencies that share her life-saving mission.

A veteran marketing and management professional with a timeless passion for customer service, Mary Jo has had a diverse and extensive career in marketing, promotions, and sales since receiving her communications degree from Texas A&M in 1979.  Her strong devotion to public service has found Mary Jo volunteering in leadership roles for Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center, College Station Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni Associations and Volunteer Support Team, the Brazos County First Responders’ Association, and the College Station Noon Lions Club

In recognition of her commitment to serving the Brazos Valley, Mary Jo was recognized in 2018 as a Bryan-College Station Prenatal Clinic’s “You’re The Tops” honoree. Lastly, this year she was named one of four prestigious Bryan-College Station’s KBTX-TV’s 2020 “Jefferson Award” winners.

Randi Mays-Knapp

Randi Mays-Knapp ’79 is an entrepreneur who helps individuals develop effective social skills to interact successfully and sell themselves in professional and personal contexts. She offers her services as coach and presenter to organizations, groups, and individuals.

As a recruiting manager for Andersen Consulting’s Houston office in the 1990s, Mays-Knapp realized that technically competent employees needed better interpersonal skills. She took the initiative to create Andersen’s etiquette trainings for these professionals.

After taking a break from corporate life to raise her children, Mays-Knapp started her entrepreneurial journey in 2003. “If you are an athlete, you work with a good coach to get better. In the business world, it is the same. When teaching, the classroom is my field, and the participants are my team.”

Coach Knapp is an active presence across Texas A&M University. She currently serves on the Mays Business School Department of Marketing Advisory Council. She was the first female president of the Houston A&M Club, returning to the club in 2011 to be the first female Muster speaker. She served as a class agent for nearly two decades and as an Area Representative for the Association of Former Students. She is a past chair of The Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Century Council, was the first woman to serve on the 12th Man Foundation’s Board of Trustees, was past chair of the Sterling Evans Library Advisory Committee, and a 2015 Fish Camp Namesake. She co-founded and ran Houston’s Howdy Club in the 1980s. She and her husband, Averyt, are members of the 12th Man Foundation Athletic Ambassadors, Texas A&M’s Legacy Society, and Chancellor’s Century Council.

When not coaching, she is a member of Community Bible study, The Woman’s Club, and chairs the stewardship committee of her church. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League, a past board president of The Prenatal Clinic of the Brazos Valley, served as PTO president for several College Station ISD schools, was an advisor for recruitment and new members in her sorority, and started both a women’s Bible study and mom/daughter service organization. Coach Knapp also was instrumental in increasing membership for the Brazos Valley Symphony by enhancing the Symphony Belle program for high school juniors and seniors. She is the founder and organizer of Brazos Valley Greeks, an organization that assists local women in marketing themselves in the sorority recruitment process. In her spare time, she is a scrapbooker, bread baker, photographer, and social organizer.

Coach Knapp earned her undergraduate degree in marketing from Texas A&M in 1979. She currently lives in College Station with her husband, Averyt Knapp ‘76. They are blessed to parent three grown daughters, Taylor, Sterling ’14, and Holland. “My life journey is a testament to the generous gifts God has entrusted to me.”

Randi Mays-Knapp