Kelli R. Levey, October 15th, 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 houses its Professional and Executive MBA programs.
Mays’ new 24,000-square-foot, custom-finished facility at CityCentre in west Houston is the home of the Texas A&M Executive and Professional MBA programs. (view construction photos)
Mays faculty and staff members celebrated the grand opening of the new facility the evening of Oct. 13 with more than 250 friends of Mays, including Texas A&M Provost Karan Watson and former members of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, as well as current and former Texas A&M students and corporate partners.
Those attending were able to tour the facility and learn about the customization of the design. The 24,000-square-foot facility features four executive classrooms, 11 team rooms, expansive dining and common spaces, and a luxuriously appointed boardroom. It 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.
Mays Dean Jerry Strawser said the facility represents the best of Mays, both in the surroundings and in the programming. “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,” he said. “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 Dean Jerry Strawser speaks to guests at the CityCentre facility grand opening event. (view more grand opening photos)
Many of the remarks at the grand opening centered on how this project needed a wide group of people to be successful — the friends of Mays Business School — and how that night was a chance to celebrate the success of the project with those friends. “When I think of all the things that have made this project successful, what stands out is the support of the friends of Mays Business School,” Watson said.
Strawser recognized the hard work of the faculty, staff and friends of Mays that brought the project to fruition.Â “As beautiful as this facility is, it reminds me that we are so much more than bricks and mortar,” he said. “Our most important asset is flesh and blood: the students, faculty and staff of our program.”
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.
Mays’ new facility 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. (view more grand opening photos)
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.'”
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. The 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.
To learn more about the MBA programs at Mays Business School, visit mays.tamu.edu/mbaprograms.