Robin ’76 and Bob Starnes ’72, of Austin, committed $100,000 to establish a learning endowment in support of faculty, students, facilities and technology at Mays. The Starnes’ gift, which also funds a scholarship for an incoming freshman studying business, creates the Robin ’76 and Bob Starnes ’72 Learning Endowment.

The gift benefits services and facilities in Cox Hall at the Wehner building, home of the business school. “The Starnes’ generous gift will benefit many generations of Mays Business School students,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “Their gift continues the “Aggie Miracle,’ a process through which current students benefit from the generosity of former students and achieve a world-class education.”

Robin graduated from Mays with a BBA in marketing in 1976 and earned her MBA in business computing science from A&M in 1981. She is a product line manager for Houston-based BMC Software, a publicly-traded independent systems software vendor that zeroes in on IT solutions to aid business service management. Robin is also a former member of Mays’ Center for the Management of Information Systems advisory board. She and her husband, Bob, have been married for 28 years and have one son, John David.

Bob is a 1972 A&M graduate with a BS from the College of Agriculture, who also earned his MBA at Mays. He is partner at an Austin-based investment group, the Ontra Companies, which focuses on financial and real estate asset investments and the development of skilled nursing and assisted living centers in Texas.

“We’ve had many opportunities open up for us because of our education and associations at A&M, and that’s why it’s important for us to give back,” Robin Starnes says. “We want to support the next generation of students.”