Pences make gifts to civil engineering

Photo of Bob '72 and Karen PenceKaren and Robert “Bob” Pence ’72 have made recent contributions to establish the Karen and Bob Pence ’72 Scholarship in Civil Engineering and further advance the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering Endowed Excellence Fund.

The Pence Scholarship will be awarded annually to a full-time student in good standing pursuing a degree in civil engineering at Texas A&M University, with preference given to a student who is also a member of the Corps of Cadets.

“Karen and I wanted to give back to the Texas A&M civil engineering program as it has provided us the means to have a blessed family and career,” Bob said.

Bob earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering in 1972 and 1978, respectively, and since then, he and his wife, Karen, have been ardent supporters of Texas A&M. The couple’s three daughters Julie, Jill and Jennifer have also earned degrees from the university.

Most recently Bob was named a recipient of the Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Alumni Honor Award. He also serves as a member of the advisory council for the Look College and has enjoyed an extensive career with Freese and Nichols Inc., where he is president and CEO

About the Dwight Look College of Engineering
With nearly 350 tenured/tenure-track faculty members and more than 11,000 students, the Look College is the second-largest engineering school in the country. The college is ranked sixth in graduate studies, eighth in undergraduate programs, and second in research expenditures among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report, with seven of the college’s 13 departments ranked in the Top 10. 

About the Texas A&M Foundation
The Texas A&M Foundation is a private nonprofit organization that solicits and manages investments in academics and leadership programs to enhance Texas A&M’s capability to be among the best universities. For more information on the Texas A&M Foundation and related giving opportunities, visit