It’s May, and that means another season of beginnings and endings at Mays Business School. As the academic year draws to a close, it’s the beginning of new careers and adventures for so many Mays students who will soon graduate with much more than just a diploma. When they turn their Aggie rings around to face the world, each of our students should be equipped with the knowledge to succeed, and the integrity and passion to impact their world.

These students have received the very best education available, from top-notch instructors who are celebrated for their research and teaching capabilities. However, I think more important than their classroom experiences has been their opportunities for personal growth. I was so impressed last month when the Business Student Council organized a school supply drive for economically disadvantaged elementary school students in our community. Let me tell you friends, it was amazing to see the outpouring of service these college students gave, with no leadership or prompting from Mays faculty and staff. They did it all on their own. They saw a need and worked to meet it, providing 601 students with backpacks full of supplies, and hundreds of other students with basic school necessities. (Click here for more information and a short video about Project Mays.)

Stories like that are not out of the ordinary at Mays Business School. That’s not surprising when you consider the high caliber of our faculty. Last week, much loved marketing Professor Leonard Berry was recognized by A&M President Dr. Elsa Murano with the Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence award. This prestigious honor is given to just two faculty members within the university each year, and is among the highest recognitions achievable. The accolade is just the latest in a LONG list of awards for Dr. Berry, who has been recognized again and again for the superiority of his teaching and research. His passion and enthusiasm for his subject matter and genuine, heartfelt affection for his students is legendary at A&M. (Click here for more about Dr. Berry’s recognition.)

I feel so fortunate to represent this great school. I could not ask for better coworkers, better students, or better facilities. Thank you for your continued partnership with our school.

Ricky W. Griffin
Interim Dean, Mays Business School