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Ronald J. Gafford

At a Glance

Class Year: 1972

Award Year: 2002

Degree: Bachelor of Building Construction

Profession: Construction


Ronald J. Gafford '72 (BDCR) is chairman, CEO and president (Retired) for Austin Industries in Dallas, one of the largest, most diversified construction companies in the United States. A former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, Gafford earned a Bachelor of Building Construction at Texas A&M in 1972 and attended Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program in 1987. Prior to joining Austin Industries, Gafford was a development and construction partner with the Trammell Crow Company in Atlanta, Ga. and a project manager with the Henry C. Beck Company in Dallas. He has over 43 years of diversified experience in the construction industry, including seven years in commercial and residential real estate development. He has served on the boards of the Greater Dallas Chamber (past chair), the Dallas Symphony Association (past chair),and Lakehill Preparatory School boards. Gafford currently serves on the non-profit boards of the Presbyterian Communities and Services, the Thanksgiving Square Foundation, the Texas Presbyterian Foundation and is the chair of the Trust for Public Land N. Texas Advisory Board chair, all non profit boards. In addition, he also serves on the for profit boards of Trinity Industries, Daseke, Inc. and is the chair of Rees and Associates. Ron is a current member of the College of Architecture Development Advisory Council and has endowed two scholarships: one in the department of architecture and one in the department of construction science.