I am proud of Mays Business School. I love to tell people that I am associated with this great school, with its top-notch students, faculty, and programs. I was privileged recently to take a trip to New York City to represent our fine school and while I was there, I was able to spend some time with Mays students participating in the Aggies on Wall Street program. If our success as educators can be gauged by the students on this trip, then I’d say we are certainly doing something right. I was so impressed with the maturity level of our students as I saw them holding their own, interacting with executives from the world’s most prestigious banking and investment firms.

The Aggies on Wall Street program takes 20 top finance students on a two-week trip to New York’s financial district each year.

The Aggies on Wall Street program takes 20 top finance students on a two-week trip to New York’s financial district each year at the conclusion of the spring semester. This is an opportunity for our students to be exposed to careers available to them in that exciting city. It’s also an opportunity for them to network, as many former students that live in New York City are delighted to show the current students around their places of business in the financial and investment communities. And it’s an opportunity for us to showcase the high quality of our students and increase awareness about Mays. This trip has a ripple effect back to our campus, as businesses are more interested in recruiting our students once they’ve met this advance guard of our elite.

The wonderful thing about this program is seeing the Aggie network in action. Former students are very involved in the coordination of this program, and are willing to do what they can for younger members of the Aggie family. It’s encouraging to see them giving back in such a meaningful way.

While in New York, I was also very pleased to sit down with a reporter from BusinessWeek to talk about the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans program. I am so pleased that Mays is partnering this year with other schools to offer this valuable program to our servicemen and women who have sacrificed so willingly for the cause of freedom. This program will truly change lives, and I was glad that such a well-known publication wanted to feature our involvement.

Programs like Aggies on Wall Street and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans are what makes Mays so special. People care about success here; not just their own success, but the success of those around them as well. That teamwork and sense of family are very unique. I couldn’t be prouder to call Mays my school.

Thank you for partnering with me in this exciting work!

Ricky Griffin
Interim Dean, Mays Business School