Management clinical associate professor Ben D. Welch — also director of the Center for Executive Development — was recently named a recipient of the 2005 Texas A&M University-level Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching. He is one of 22 faculty and staff to be honored in May by the Association of Former Students for achievements in teaching, research or student relations.

Welch, who says he was humbled to learn of the award, explains that his approach to teaching has always been to put his students’ needs first. Welch’s management 105 class was also named one of the two best courses to take at A&M by Texas Monthly in 2004.

“It’s about human compassion — students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” Welch says. “This is where my passion lies.”

A decade ago, Welch was recognized with another Association university-level award with the 1994 Distinguished Achievement Award for Student Relations.