James R. “Jim” Thompson, Class of 1968, graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Construction. During his tenure at Texas A&M, he was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Ross Volunteers and was named a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Following graduation, Thompson joined the United States Air Force and served as an instructor pilot until 1973. In 1983, Thompson founded James R. Thompson, Inc., a commercial general contracting firm which is headquartered in Dallas. Thompson is a member of Texas A&M’s Presidential Board of Visitors, the Construction Industry Advisory Council, the College of Architecture Advisory Council, the A&M Legacy Society, the Corps of Cadets Association, the 12th Man Foundation’s Advisory Board and served on the Board of The Association of Former Students from 2006 to 2010. As Chair of the Building Enhancement Committee, Thompson played an integral role in the 2008 enhancement of the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. Thompson helped lead the effort to fund and construct the Freedom from Terrorism memorial on the Texas A&M campus—a gift from the Classes of 1968 and 2003— that honors the many Aggies who have given their lives for their country. In 2000 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Architecture, in 2011 he was inducted into the Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor and in 2013 he received the Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus Award. Thompson has also funded a Leadership Professorship, President’s Endowed Scholarship, Corps 21 Endowed Scholarship, two Sul Ross Endowed Scholarships, and a Construction Science Endowed Scholarship.
He is a member of the Kaufman County A&M Club and has served as a Class Agent for the Class of ’68. He and his wife, Donna Beth, reside in Kaufman. They have three Aggie sons.