Texas A&M has long been known for the spirit of support, generosity and service found in its graduates. One Aggie couple has been actively working for more than a decade to embody each of those values, setting an incredible goal to contribute 5,000 hours of service and $1 million to their alma mater.
Nearly 4,000 hours of committee work, mentorship and class lectures, and $900,000 later,Â Jack ’71 and Nancy ’73 MatzÂ are close to that goalâ€”and threatening to set another.
Their most recent commitment, a $600,000 planned gift called the Jack ’71 and Nancy ’73 Matz Scholarship Matching Fund, establishes scholarship programs for units throughout Texas A&M and the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s College of Medicine. Among those is a $250,000 gift in support of students at Mays Business School.
“Jack and Nancy Matz truly set a high bar for other Aggies,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “They are true examples of giving time, talent and treasure to assist Texas A&M University. Their interest in meeting and mentoring students who have benefited from their generous giving simply adds to the richness of what they do for our school.”
The Matzes’ contributions have always run deeper than the financial support that is the lifeblood of every successful component at the university. The Matzes spend about a week out of each month in College Station, leading efforts to guide and develop programs at Texas A&M.
The top-ranked business school is a natural recipient of the couple’s energy and support, management graduate Jack Matz explains: Mays has rapidly moved to the front of the pack, cracking the top 50 or 25 in major rankings around the world including the standbyÂ U.S. News & World Report.
“What Texas A&M and places like the Mays Business School provide is a very well-rounded, very hard-working, conservative look at business and education where ethics and morals are paramount to success,” he says. “Long before it became fashionable, A&M had an honor code and the respect of its students. Mays has really figured out a way to incorporate that throughout the mission of its disciplines.”
The Matzes’ story has long been an Aggie story: they first met at Texas A&M in 1970.
They married in 1972 at All Faith’s Chapel on campus and spent the next 34 years raising two children, Catherine ’03 and Christina ’09, and traveling the world. They built an incredible portfolio of entrepreneurial ventures, watching six of the businesses Jack launched go public in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Jack was recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives for his work opening the business market in Russia immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In the late 90s, Jack retired from corporate life, founding consulting firm Strategic Growth in McKinney, Texas, to harness his expertise in public growth capital fund raising, developing growth strategies and identifying emerging business opportunities. Nancy is founder and president of her own nationally recognized software corporation, McKinney-based Dynamic Energy Systems, Inc. In 2005, Dynamic Energy was named among the top 100 fastest-growing Aggie owned businesses in the world as part of the inaugural Aggie 100.