In 1980, Donald Zale, son of Morris B. Zale, founder of the well-known jewelry chain Zales, challenged three business schools to “do something for retailing.”
He observed the retailing industry undergoing tremendous innovation and increased complexity, and observed that retail needed university educated leaders who understood how to run businesses, drive sales and motivate teams.
Texas A&M University responded and Mays Business School became the first business school in the country to make a formal commitment to retail education.
Since opening our doors in 1983, the Center for Retailing Studies has been respected throughout the world as a leading source of industry knowledge and a pipeline for developing future retail leaders.
In collaboration with the outstanding performance of the faculty at Mays Business School and excellence in student education programs, each year, more than 150 students complete coursework, internships and leadership programs that prepare them for a professional careers within the industry in store management, buying, merchandising, planning, business analytics and supply chain.