Dear friends,

Normally, I use this forum to provide you with uplifting news about our faculty, staff, students, and programs. However, today I cannot do so. Earlier this week, Professor Jeff Conant, a member of our faculty since 1985, died unexpectedly. Jeff was a tremendous educator, colleague, and friend, and his passing will be felt deeply by many.

I first met Jeff in 2001 when I assumed the role of dean at Mays Business School. Like all who knew him, I was impressed with Jeff’s dynamic personality, his genuine concern for others, and his passion for teaching and for students. While Jeff’s career and life highlights are many, I was pleased to see his outstanding work recognized by his being named a Texas A&M University Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence and to watch his leadership within Mays grow as he became department head. He was well suited for the job, a natural leader. Under his guidance, the marketing department has flourished.

Jeff was loved by his students as well as his colleagues. He was an important part of our Mays family and he will be sorely missed by all of those fortunate enough to know and work with him. Please join with me in keeping his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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