During the week, Cynthia ’84 and Rance ’83 Richter are business partners, but on the weekends they team up for a different purpose: to yell for the Aggies, donning maroon t-shirts and singing the Aggie War Hymn. Though the Richters currently reside in Austin, the couple spends almost as much time in College Station, attending sporting events and showing constant support for their alma mater, Texas A&M University. But just visiting isn’t enough—the Richters want to do more. That’s why they decided to present Mays Business School at A&M with a $25,000 gift, establishing the Cynthia ’84 and Rance Richter ’83 Dean’s Endowed Scholarship.

The Richters
Rance ’83 and Cynthia ’84 Richter, joint chairmen and CEOs of Vanguard Fire Systems, also have two children currently enrolled at Texas A&M.

“Scholarship support is the lifeblood of any institution,” said Jerry Strawser, dean of Mays Business School. “The Richters’ generous gift will allow our students to experience the power of the “Aggie Miracle’…the process through which the work of an outstanding young person of modest means is supported by our former students.”

That Aggie miracle is just what the Richters are aiming for. “Both Cindy and I went through Mays. It has helped our careers tremendously and I hope that I can help someone else and give back to the school that gave me so much,” said Richter. Since 2003, the couple has owned Vanguard Fire Systems, which sells and services commercial and residential fire protection systems. Rance and Cindy both serve as chairmen and CEOs of their joint business endeavor. When creating the business, the Richters made it their goal to build an organization grounded in the knowledge and standards they learned in their days at Mays.

The Richter’s stress the importance of Texas A&M University’s community spirit in their daily business. “It’s amazing to me how such a big school can continue to grow, yet still retain the friendly feel of a small environment. We want to continue that tradition,” Richter said. Vanguard Fire Systems operates on the Aggie Honor Code, a set of standards that remain a top priority in the personal and professional lives of the successful couple. These standards fuel the Richter’s constant desire to give back to their home community as well, as they have received recognition for their support of Hospice Austin and the Eanes Education Foundation. The couple is also active in the Capital City A&M Club.

The Richters have brought the Aggie tradition into their home, as two of their three children attend A&M.