Craig R. McMahen of New York City has established a $100,000 endowed fund to enhance and support the teaching, research and curriculum activities of the Department of Finance at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. His donation creates the Craig R. McMahen Fund for Excellence in Teaching and Research in Finance.

“Craig’s gift to our Department of Finance is consistent with his involvement with this program since his graduation,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “He continually hosts our students during our Aggies on Wall Street trip and is responsible for helping our students start their careers on Wall Street. He is the type of former student that every dean would love to have, but few do.”

McMahen is a 1990 Texas A&M graduate who earned his BBA in finance before heading to Wall Street. He is a managing director in the Investment Banking Department at Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, a full-service investment bank that specializes exclusively in the financial services sector. McMahen is also an advisory director to Mays’ Department of Finance.

“This is a small step in the direction of hiring some of the top professors in the area of finance as we strive to achieve our goal of becoming a top 10 business school,” McMahen says.