Kelli R. Levey, October 8th, 2012
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School has planted a flag in Houston, opening a new custom educational facility at CityCentre in west Houston that will house its Professional and Executive MBA programs. Mays will celebrate the grand opening of the CityCentre facility the evening of Oct. 13.
“We are bringing our best to Houston — giving our students access to top faculty from Mays, and offering our programs in a world-class educational environment.” says Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “We know this investment in our students will provide a great return in both the quality of education they receive and the value they bring back to their employers.”
Mays’ new 24,000-square-foot, custom-finished facility at CityCentre encompasses the second floor of the CityCentre THREE building, and was custom-designed by a team of faculty, staff, and students to be the ideal environment for executive learning.
The Professional MBA program began its first year of classes in August. The program targets participants with two to 10 years of work experience. Texas A&M’s Executive MBA program, in its 13th year of operations, targets professionals with at least 10 years of experience. The Executive MBA moved to the CityCentre facility from its previous location in The Woodlands. Classes for both programs continue over 22 months, with schedules that allow students to earn an MBA degree while maintaining full-time employment.
Strawser says the programs are designed to help professionals “propel their careers into high gear. The Professional MBA was developed in response to demand for Mays to increase offerings in the Houston market, and extends the legacy of excellence set by our Executive MBA program. Through these programs, our network of MBA graduates will continue to grow and build upon the international power of the Texas A&M ‘Aggie Network’.”
Mays’ new facility at CityCentre features four executive classrooms, 11 team rooms, expansive dining and common spaces, and a luxuriously appointed boardroom. The 24,000-square-foot, custom-finished space encompasses the second floor of the CityCentre THREE building, and was custom-designed by a team of Mays faculty, staff, and students to be the ideal environment for executive learning.
The CityCentre development, located off Interstate 10 and Beltway 8 in West Houston, is named because Houston’s westward growth indicates the location is predicted to become the center of the city. Developed by Midway, which is owned by two-time Mays graduate Brad Freels ’81, CityCentre is designed to be a mini “ecosystem” – boasting everything from shopping and restaurants to living and hotel accommodations. This location is hoped to ease accessibility for many Professional and Executive MBA participants. “CityCentre is on the leading edge of growth, with close proximity to the energy corridor and ease of access from major Houston business districts,” Strawser says.
Mays will officially open their new facility on October 13, 2012 with a Grand Opening Celebration that is free and open to the public. To learn more about the MBA programs at Mays Business School, visit mays.tamu.edu/mbaprograms. To register to attend the Grand Opening celebration, visit mays.tamu.edu/citycentre.