Jerry Cox ’72 & Kay Cox ’02
Mays Transformational Leadership Video Series
Jerry ’72 and Kay Cox ’02 are avid supporters of Mays Business School. They are engaged recruiters of top talent, often opening their homes to promising students before they ever enroll in class.
Eli Jones, dean of Mays Business School, notes; “If you have met them, you have felt their welcoming spirit, encouragement, and warmth.” They often call Texas A&M University students their “kids,” and consider them part of their extended family.
Visitors to the Wehner Building will notice Jerry and Kay Cox Hall and see their portrait in the first-floor entrance. The Coxes gave $1.5 million toward the expansion, leading 40 other former students and friends to contribute to this important enhancement to our campus.
In 2017, the Peggy and Lowry Mays Impact Award was established. The namesakes were the first award recipients. “It was an easy decision to confer the 2018 award to Kay and Jerry Cox,” Jones said.
“This award is for people who have really put their imprint on Mays Business School, and these two set the bar for us,” said Dean Jones. “They think of the students first. They want them to have all the tools they need to succeed.”
The Coxes established the Jerry and Kay Cox Endowed Chair at Mays and have provided scholarships to students in the Business Honors program.
ALLEGIANCE TO TEXAS A&M RUNS DEEP
Jerry Cox has been a strong member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Mays for several years. Jones values Cox’s contributions, and soon after Jones came to Mays as dean in 2015, he asked Cox to serve as chairman of the board. Together, the two preside over the semi-annual meetings, and the chairperson serves as the primary liaison between the dean, the board, and the Office of Development.
The Coxes’ impact is felt throughout Texas A&M in even more ways. Together, they:
- Led the funding of the Cox-McFerrin Center for Aggie Basketball
- Led the funding of the Cox Diamond Club at Blue Bell Park
- Were honored with the Sterling C. Evans Medal
- With Kay's support, Jerry has:
- Served on the board of directors of the Texas A&M Foundation
- Served on the board of directors as president of the 12th Man Foundation
- Served on the Corps Development Council
- Served as presiding chairman of Texas A&M’s One Spirit, One Vision Campaign
- Been honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of Texas A&M
- Been named an Outstanding Alumnus of Mays Business School
- Been inducted in the Corps Hall of Honor
- Been a three-time Aggie 100 Award recipient
Jerry said he and Kay feel blessed to be “a small part of supporting the excellence of Mays Business School. We love the students and want them to reach their full potential. The quality of intellect and character of Mays students is remarkable. Mays graduates will surely make a huge and positive impact on the world they will become a part of after graduation.”
Both value education and lifelong learning, prompting them at age 50 as empty nesters to return to school – Kay for a master’s in educational psychology at Texas A&M (largely because she wanted an Aggie ring), and Jerry for a master’s degree in theology from Houston Baptist University. Their Aggie roots run deep.