John Koldus, longtime student services vice president, passes away

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - John J. Koldus III — the first and longest-serving vice president for Student Affairs at Texas A&M University, as well as the namesake for the Student Services Building —passed away Monday. He was 89.

“John J. Koldus III led the Division of Student Affairs as its first vice president with a sense of devotion underpinned by this institution’s core values at a pivotal moment in its history,” Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young said. “His vision for a university that served students of every background across the state of Texas, the nation and the world left an indelible mark on this campus and will continue to guide the university he loved dearly for decades to come. Aggies of the past, present, and future thank him.”

Texas A&M Vice President for Student Affairs Daniel J. Pugh thanked Koldus for building a foundation for today’s division of student affairs and reflected upon his life of service.

“A pillar of the profession and an Aggie of the highest magnitude, Dr. Koldus exemplified our core values and drew out the best in each of us,” Pugh said of Koldus, who served in the position from 1973 to 1993. “In building our nation’s preeminent Division of Student Affairs, he maintained his commitment to the Aggie leadership philosophy of ‘student-led, student-run’ programs. Perhaps his greatest legacy to Texas A&M is that of the ‘residential VPSA’ and the institutional commitment of a student-engaged VPSA. Mrs. Pugh and I were blessed through our interactions with Dr. and Mrs. Koldus and we will cherish our memories of him.”

Even in retirement, Koldus and his wife, Mary Dell, were a visible presence at various Texas A&M events. Their continued influence resulted in the creation of a proclamation in 2006 that bestowed the couple, neither of whom attended Texas A&M as students, with the title of “Texas Aggies.”

Funeral services arranged by Hillier Funeral Home in College Station are set for Friday, Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station. Visitation at Hillier Funeral Home is set for Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5 p.m.-8p.m.