News from the Bush School

Olson Honored by Former Students Association

May 04, 2010

James Olson, Senior Lecturer at the Bush School, was among 24 Texas A&M faculty and staff members honored on Thursday, April 29. Olson received the Distinguished Achievement Award for teaching. Awards were also presented for faculty research; staff support; student relations; extension/outreach/ continuing education, and professional development; administration, and graduate mentoring.

Dr. Antonio Cepeda-Benito, dean of faculties and associate provost, presided at the ceremony and led the awards presentation, along with President Bowen Loftin, Interim Provost Karan Watson, and Association President and CEO Porter Garner III.

Olson, who directs the Certificate in Advanced International Affairs Program, received a $4,000 cash award, an engraved watch and a commemorative plaque. The ceremony was held in the Rudder Tower auditorium.

Olson teaches courses on intelligence, national security, and international crisis management at the Bush School. He served for over 25 years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was Chief of Counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards were established by the Association’s Board of Directors and were first presented in 1955. Olson is one of ten faculty members honored for his teaching.

“Jim Olson exemplifies the high quality of academic instruction in the Bush School,” said Dean Ryan Crocker. “His connection with the students and his commitment to helping each student reach his or her potential is remarkable. All of us at the Bush School are very proud of this well-deserved recognition,” he added.