Phillip Z. Pace ’85 of Houston has established a $30,000 excellence fund for use at Mays. His gift creates the Phil and Linda Pace Excellence Fund, intended to support and enhance programs and opportunities in business.

“The Pace’s generous commitment to our school provides us with funds and flexibility to identify key programs and provide seed money to support new ideas,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “These funds are essential in assisting us in our move to be among the top 5 public business schools.”

Pace earned his BBA in finance from A&M in 1986. The longtime financial analyst is now managing director at Credit Suisse First Boston’s Houston office, where he’s been since 1991. In 2000, Pace was the No. 2 analyst in oil and gas exploration and development on thestreet.com’s analyst rankings — compiled on the basis of strong stock-picking skills as well as votes from key institutional investors.

Pace has been an analyst for natural resource exploration and production companies with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Smith Barney and Rauscher Pierce in addition to his time at CSFB. He is also pegged as a key speaker in the industry as part of the Texas Southeast Regional Speakers Series for the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He is a member and advisor on the dean’s development council at Mays. He and his wife, Linda ’86, have been married for 20 years.

“I am grateful that Mays Business School gave me the tools to compete with the Ivy Leaguers working in New York City,” Pace says. “Aggies have a growing reputation on Wall Street for being hard working and insightful. We hope that our support of Mays will contribute to sustaining that strong reputation.”