Joining the 2005 Association of Former Students board of directors this spring are two of Mays’ own: Cydney C. Donnell ’81, executive professor of finance, and William H. “Bill” Flores ’76, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Gryphon Exploration Company in Houston.

As directors on the 18-member board, the well-known alumni join a team guiding fundraising and policy for the Association and its contributions to Texas A&M — with half of every annual fund dollar raised used in direct support of the university.

Donnell was managing director and principal at European Investors, Inc. in New York City until she came to teach at Mays in 2003. She managed more than $2.8 billion in real estate securities on behalf of U.S. pension funds, foundations, endowments and clients for her firm. At the outset of her career, she was named Outstanding Business Student at Mays in 1979.

Flores, of Sugar Land, is outgoing chairman of the Department of Finance Advisory Board and has served as department chair for the university’s One Spirit One Vision Campaign to help A&M enter into the top 10 ranked public institutions. He is also a member of Mays’ Development Council and was honored as an Outstanding Alumni in 2003. He and his wife, Gina, have been longtime benefactors of Mays and Texas A&M.