T. Randall “Randy” Cain ’82, a partner at Ernst & Young, considers the pipeline of outstanding students from Mays Business School so valuable that he and his wife have committed $100,000 to Texas A&M’s accounting program.


T. Randall “Randy” Cain ’82

Cain, Vice Chair and Southwest Regional Managing Partner of the firm where he has worked for 30 years, says he and his wife wanted to create the Randy ’82 and Jyl Cain Accounting Education Excellence Fund to help ensure continued excellence in accounting education at Mays.

Matching funds from the Ernst & Young Foundation will be used to complete the gift, which is being funded through the Texas A&M Foundation. “Without the quality students A&M provides and the top-notch graduates from Mays, we would have a hard time meeting our professional goals,” he explains.

Proceeds from the fund will be used to support strategic initiatives of the accounting department. “Hopefully, it will allow more flexibility to the professors so they can focus on doing what they do best, which is to attract the top students and provide them with the knowledge they need to succeed,” Cain explains.

He praised the accomplishments of Mays Dean Jerry Strawser and accounting department head James Benjamin, and added, “We are trying to give them the tools — the arrows in their quiver.”

“It is difficult to envision how anybody could participate more in the life of our school,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Whether hiring our students, speaking to our classes, serving on advisory boards or providing financial support, Randy has literally impacted thousands of Mays graduates. We are truly blessed to have him as an advocate for our students and programs.”

The Cains’ affinity for Texas A&M has trickled down to the next generation: daughter and son-in-law Courtney and Tim Kuhn ’06 were part of the Professional Program at Mays, each earning a BBA in Accounting and an MS in Management Information Systems. Daughter Meredith Cain ’13 is also at Texas A&M, studying recreation, park and tourism sciences.

About Mays Business School

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

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Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Full-Time MBA Program at Mays Business School 7th in the world in their “top schools for ethics” specialty report released recently.

The ranking is based on student responses from a survey of the MBA Class of 2012 asking them to evaluate their program’s ethics offerings. The average ethics score was 4.64 for all 82 U.S. and international schools in the ranking. Mays’ score was 5.55.

Mary Lea McAnally, associate dean for graduate programs at Mays, says the program doesn’t include stand-alone ethics classes. “We include frameworks for ethical decision-making in each course we teach. I am delighted to learn that we placed so highly in this important ranking because it means that our students identify and value the pervasive ethics component of our MBA curriculum.”

McAnally says she deeply admires the other schools on the list and considers it an honor to be among such an elite group. In addition to Mays, the top 10 schools included Notre Dame, Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Yale, IESE (Spain), Brigham Young, Dartmouth and Carnegie Mellon.

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