When Brandon Coleman, Jr. graduated with a BBA in marketing in 1978, he left Texas A&M aware of the impact faculty members can have on a young mind. It was the influence of Professor Herb Thompson that inspired Coleman’s successful career in marketing as well as his motivation for establishing the Brandon C. Coleman, Jr. ’78 Chair in Marketing.

Coleman was honored at a recent dedication ceremony, along with the faculty member, Professor of Marketing Dr. Venky Shankar, who Coleman hopes will impact Aggies in the way Thompson impacted him.

“Making a gift like this is not about me; it’s really about (all of) you,” Coleman said at the ceremony. “Large gifts are not merely a sign of someone’s ship coming in. Someone has to touch a person along the way for you to have any inclination to make a gift to Texas A&M.”

For Shankar, being the first recipient of the Coleman Chair is truly an honor. He hopes to use the resources the position provides to create and share new knowledge with the marketing discipline as well as with Mays students in the classroom.

“I’m greatly honored and humbled,” said Shankar, who joined Mays this fall from the University of Maryland. “These kinds of endowments really make a lasting impact, not just on the faculty members or the school, but also on our community as a whole. I’ve been truly impressed with the caliber and passion of the faculty members, the students, the alumni, the donors and the staff.”