Of all the things that Tony Weber ’84 remembers about his undergraduate experience, he says that it was the out-of-the-classroom activities that had the most impact on him. That’s why he and his wife, Cindy (Green) ’84, have recently given $200,000 to Mays Business School at Texas A&M University to establish the Cindy ’84 and Tony ’84 Weber Excellence Fund supporting special programs and executive speakers in Mays’ undergraduate programs.
“We are so thankful for the Weber’s gift,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “I am always encouraged when I see young alumni giving back and making a positive impact on Texas A&M University. The funds the Webers have provided will truly make a difference in the our ability to provide our students with fantastic opportunities both in and outside of the classroom.”
“We wanted to reach as many students as possible through our gift,” said Cindy. As a former college professor (she taught at Texas Christian University for eight years), Cindy believes that giving students the opportunity to interact with successful people in their field is invaluable. “Getting other business people’s opinions broadens their perspectives. It enhances their education. It opens up doors for them,” she said.
Her husband agreed. “I had the benefit of being in the Fellows program,” said Tony, who credited his participation in that program, as well as the internships it led to, with his business success after graduating. “We are focused on giving students exposure to successful peopleâ€¦that is what I enjoyed and what really helped me.”
Previously, the Webers funded a presidential endowed scholarship at Mays.
Tony is a partner and owner of Natural Gas Partners, a $9.5 billion private equity fund that manages oil and gas ventures. Cindy, who holds an undergraduate degree in scientific nutrition from A&M, as well as a PhD from Texas Women’s University, teaches continuing education courses for healthcare providers. Together, they enjoy cycling, travel, and teaching youth Bible classes at their church.
Tony is on the board of several energy companies, the Independent Producers Association of America and is also active with the Dallas Athletic Club and the Dallas Petroleum Club. Cindy is studying for her private pilot’s license and is on the board of the Park Cities Republican Women, Council for Life, and the local rotary club.
The Webers have one daughter, Alexandra, who is a freshman at Mays. Her involvement with the Business Honors program stimulated the Webers’ interest in giving to the school, says Cindy. “We thought it would be great to enhance the program while she’s thereâ€¦being able to make the school better for her is an added benefit.”