Barbara and Ralph Cox ’53 have committed $100,000 to establish a learning endowment in support of faculty, students, facilities and technology at Mays Business School. Their gift creates the Barbara and Ralph Cox ’53 Learning Endowment.

“Learning endowments provide the seed capital to our faculty and students for new ideas and learning experiences,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “The Coxes’ generous gift will allow our faculty to continue to create the unique learning experiences for students for which Mays Business School is known.”

The Coxes currently reside in Forth Worth. Ralph earned his bachelor’s in petroleum engineering and mechanical engineering from Texas A&M in 1954 and worked for 30 years at Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) before assuming the presidency of a Union Pacific resources company and later launching Greenhill Petroleum. Since 1995 he has worked as a petroleum consultant for domestic and international clients. Barbara graduated from Southern Methodist University and taught physical education.

Ralph is a member of numerous boards of directors and advisors, including the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Century Council, the Texas A&M President’s Council of Advisors, the Texas A&M Foundation Legacy Society, the Mays Business School Dean’s Development Council and the board of advisors at the Look College of Engineering. The couple has also given extensively to support A&M scholarships and educational efforts. They have two married daughters and three grandchildren.