Continuing a tradition of support for Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the Deloitte Foundation, a non-profit organization of Deloitte & Touche USA, has announced the largest individual gift during their 25-year history with the school, with a $500,000 endowed professorship.

This gift will create the Deloitte Leadership Professorship in Accounting, which will be used to provide financial support to enhance the teaching, service, and professional development activities of the head of the accounting department.

Professor James Benjamin, who has been on the faculty at Mays since 1974 and has headed the department since 1982 has been named as the first holder of this professorship. “I am particularly excited about this fund because it will help our school attract and retain outstanding leaders in the future,” he said.

“Mays Business School has had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Deloitte & Touche,” said Ricky Griffin, interim dean of the school. “This gift is tangible recognition of the outstanding work of Jim Benjamin and the accounting faculty as they help prepare the business leaders of tomorrow. We are very grateful to Deloitte & Touche for their support and for their faith in our programs.”

Benjamin acknowledged the committed teamwork between the university and Deloitte, noting, “Deloitte has been very involved with the development of our program, including service on our advisory council, since its inception in 1982, and has continued to provide significant financial support for our programs,” he said. “Just as important, Deloitte is also significant as a leading recruiter of our students.”

Chip D’Andrea, managing partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP, Houston Audit Services, said, “We are especially thrilled that we can endow this professorship at a time when Jim Benjamin is leading the accounting department. Jim has been the constant and guiding force for the program’s continued ascent as a nationally recognized top tier accounting program. To have him be the first recipient of our professorship is extremely gratifying to Deloitte Aggies.”

Chris Patton, Deloitte’s partner in charge of recruiting at Texas A&M, also recognized this alliance. “We’ve found there to be a great fit between Mays students and Deloitte culture. We hire more candidates out of the Mays School than any other school in the area.”

In addition to this professorship, Deloitte has also endowed both a professorship in support of the Director of the Professional Program in Accounting at Mays and a significant scholarship fund for accounting majors.

About Mays Business School

Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate students and 875 graduate students. Mays is nationally ranked among public business schools for the quality of its undergraduate program, MBA program and the faculty scholarship of its 110 professors in five departments.

About the Deloitte Foundation

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About Deloitte

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