Peter and Lisa Currie, of Houston, have always cared deeply about the impact of business education and the twin practices of teaching and research. That’s why they established a $1 million endowment for faculty at Mays Business School.

The Curries’ gift creates the Lisa Huddleston Currie ’85 and Peter H. Currie ’85 Chair in Business and helps fund faculty recruitment efforts at Mays.

“Faculty are the lifeblood of any university, but particularly the business school,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “The Curries’ vision and gift will allow us to recruit and retain the very best faculty. Their extraordinary generosity will have a tremendous impact on the quality of education and lives of our students for many years to come.”

Mays is nationally ranked among public business schools for the quality of its undergraduate and MBA programs and the faculty scholarship of its 120 tenure-track professors in five departments.

“We firmly believe that Dean Strawser knows exactly where he’s trying to grow the business school, and we want to help wherever we can,” says Peter Currie, a recent addition to the Dean’s Development Council. “With our gift, we can attract one more strong candidate professor who lives by the same creed that we all live by as Texas A&M graduates.”

Currie, a 1985 Texas A&M BBA management graduate, is an investments manager for petroleum engineering firm Huddleston & Co, Inc.; a managing member of CIMA ENERGY LLC, an investor and director in Encomia Software, Inc., and a director of Houston’s 2-year-old Patriot Bank, now in the top 1 percent in the nation for growth as it becomes a $500 million+ bank.

His wife Lisa, a former 400-meter track record holder and Texas A&M track team member, taught 7th grade Texas history and coached middle school track, basketball and volleyball before turning her attention full time to raising the couple’s three children: Texas A&M business student Mitchell Currie ’10, and potential Aggies Jordan Currie and Joshua Hood. Lisa has chaired committees for and been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations, youth athletics and school booster clubs.