More than 50 members of the MBA Class of 2003 agreed to together commit $75,000 over the next five years to provide financial assistance for an incoming MBA student. The class members, who gathered in October for a reunion, are funding part of a total $300,000 endowed fellowship.

Dean Jerry Strawser has pledged matching funds from the Dean’s Development Council to equal $150,000. A matching gift from the Heep Foundation at Texas A&M brings the endowment’s total to $300,000, to create the MBA Class of 2003 and Mays Dean’s Development Council/Heep Endowed Graduate Fellowship.

Proceeds from the gift, once fully funded, could support an incoming MBA student with $15,000 a year, Romney Stewart ’03 told his fellow graduates at the October MBA reunion. Fellowship recipients will be judged based on leadership, unique work experience, academic achievement and career aspirations, he said.

The dean’s office will oversee the growth of the scholarship.

“Collectively as a class, we decided that we were going to make a difference,” Stewart said. “And I think it’s awesome that here we are, two years later, and we’re able to do that.”

The Class of 2003 is the first class to give back to the Mays MBA program. Scholarship money helps Mays compete for the top students in the shrinking MBA-applicant pool.

The concept already speaks volumes to present and future students about supporting those who come after them, said MBA Association President Chris Comish, a member of the class of 2006. He addressed the MBA ’03 gathering this month.

“We are grateful for and inspired by your generosity,” Comish told the ’03 graduates. “I only hope our class of 2006 and future classes coming up can join with your example and support this MBA program.”

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Associate Professor of Accounting James C. Flagg was appointed to the Texas State Board of Accountancy by Gov. Rick Perry ’72. He will be officially sworn in at a ceremony in Austin this month.

The 15-member Board of Accountancy administers the Uniform CPA Exam twice a year and oversees state certifications, registration and licenses for public accountants and public accounting firms and partnerships. Flagg, who chairs the Qualifications Committee and is a member of the Technical Standards Review Committee, will serve on the board until January 2009

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Texas A&M University’s Executive MBA program at Mays Business School has been ranked — for the first time it was eligible — 13th among U.S. public institutions (tied at 63rd worldwide) on the Financial Times‘ list of the top executive MBA programs in the globe.

The seven-year-old program, based in the The Woodlands, also ranked 7th in the U.S. in participant professional experience. The fall 2005 class participants have an average of 16 years professional work experience, which represents a typical class profile since the program’s inception.

“We are pleased to be included in the Financial Times rankings and credit the contributions of the participants, staff, and faculty that work together to make our program a success,” said Julie Orzabal, director of the program.

The Mays Executive MBA offers seasoned professionals a unique opportunity to develop the perspectives and competencies essential for career success while earning an MBA degree from Texas A&M University.

In examining the EMBA programs, the Financial Times also ranked faculty research performance and doctoral programs at the schools. Mays came in 8th U.S. public (26 th in the world and 21st among all U.S. institutions) in terms of the productivity and significance of faculty research. Mays was also ranked 9th U.S. public (26th in the world and 14th among U.S. schools) for the strength of its doctoral program.

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