Denise and David Baggett ’81 of Houston have committed $75,000 to enhance teaching excellence at Mays Business School’s Department of Accounting.

The gift creates the Denise and David Baggett ’81 Teaching Excellence Fund, which funds curriculum enhancements in the Department of Accounting’s Professional Program and establishes an annual teaching award for an accounting faculty member who demonstrates accomplishments in teaching effectiveness, innovation, curriculum development and student service.

“David Baggett has demonstrated a consistent passion for excellence and a genuine enthusiasm for life since I first met him at his freshman orientation in 1979,” said Accounting Department Head James Benjamin. “He has been an avid supporter of our accounting program from early in his professional career. I know that this significant gift reflects his belief in the importance of dedicated and caring faculty to the success of our graduates.”

More than 1,800 students have graduated since the Professional Program’s inception in 1992. Students in the five-year program earn a BBA in accounting and a master’s degree in finance, accounting, information systems, management or marketing.

“Texas A&M is a special place for Denise and me,” says David Baggett. “As a former student, I am pleased to support Mays’ emphasis on the teaching quality of its professors.”

David Baggett earned his accounting degree from Texas A&M in 1981, graduating magna cum laude in two years. He started his career with Touche Ross and became a partner with Deloitte before serving in executive capacities in the energy and construction industries. In 2005, Baggett founded Opportune LLP, a financial consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions, dispute resolution and SEC matters. At Mays, he serves on the Accounting Advisory Council and the Dean’s Development Council. The Baggetts and their two children live in Houston.