Ring Day is a rite of passage for every Aggie and a time of celebration for every Aggie family. For the Easterwoods, the Ring Day held on April 4 had special significance: As Jeff Easterwood ’07 accepted his ring and looked forward to finishing his degree at Mays Business School in a few weeks, his father, Terry ’80, was celebrating the start of his studies there.

Terry, a purchasing manager for worldwide aluminum producer Alcoa, Inc., will begin the Mays Executive MBA program this fall. When he graduates, he will follow in his children’s footsteps, as both his son and his daughter have degrees from Mays.

Easterwood family on Ring Day
Terry Easterwood ’80 (left) and Laura Stanley ’03 (right) celebrate with Jeff Easterwood ’07 (center) on Ring Day.

“I knew I wanted my children to go to Texas A&M for the quality of education that would benefit them soon after graduation. I’m proud that I’ve been able to see both of them get through their studies and find jobs that actually put what they’ve learned to practice,” Easterwood says. Son Jeff will complete the Professional Program in Accounting this May and has accepted a job with global accounting firm Grant Thornton. Easterwood’s daughter, Laura Stanley ’03 achieved her BS in Marketing and now is a marketing director with Freebirds World Burrito.

Easterwood’s original A&M degree was in mechanical engineering and led him to a career in the power generation industry. He started out as an engineer and has moved through progressive supervisory positions over the years. He is excited about starting his own program at Mays this August and says that he is “looking forward to working with other outstanding students and learning from each other,” in the Executive MBA program. “I think it’s going to be a tough undertaking at this stage of my life, but I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve been given,” he says. Easterwood and his wife, Renee, reside in Victoria.