Between classes, extra curricular activities, and jobs, the life of your average Texas A&M undergrad is busy, to say the least. Perry D. Reed “76 knows the meaning of a jam-packed college schedule. During his days at A&M, Reed balanced courses in finance, part-time jobs, and try-outs for a walk-on position on the Aggie football team. In honor of the students who work so hard to obtain a business education while balancing the other requirements of college life, Reed has donated $25,000 to Mays Business School, establishing the Perry D. Reed ’76 Endowed Scholarship in Accounting. The generous former student has also included Mays in his estate plan with a gift of $100,000.
After already giving more than $100,000 to Texas A&M University in previous gifts, Reed strives to help focused students with financial needs that might not otherwise be met. “When I was at Texas A&M, there was little scholarship opportunity for students with mid-level grades. Today, I want to help these young people,” said Reed. “I think one of the greatest things about the Aggie Miracle is the ability it gives to measure success by the legacy one leaves behind,” he added.
“Perry Reed is one of our former students who continues to express his love for Texas A&M University through his generosity,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “His commitments to our school will allow many students to benefit through an outstanding education and unlimited career opportunities.”
Reed graduated from A&M with a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1976, finishing his education in only two and a half years. He then went to work for H.B. Zachry Company, where he spent most of his professional time in Saudi Arabia as an administrative manager. After nine years with Zachry, Reed took on an accounting position in Marshall, Texas. His love for numbers and customer relations eventually led Reed to open his own certified public accounting firm, Perry D. Reed & Company, P.C, in Longview, Texas. Reed remains president and CEO of the firm today, where he focuses on maintaining the professionalism taught in his business classes at Texas A&M. “I live and breathe maroon,” said Reed.
Reed’s legacy is carried on in more than just his charitable giving. His son, Perry T. Reed, is a senior at Texas A&M, graduating this December. He is the lead guitar player in the local country outfit The Grady Skelton Band. Reed plays a major role in his son’s musical career, as he and Perry T. are joint owners of a recording company, Reed Production Company, LLC. In addition to his musical endeavors, Reed is also the past president of the Deep East A&M Club. While making his home in Longview, Texas, Reed is also licensed in Louisiana and New Mexico.