“I always wanted to give something back to A&M, because I felt like A&M has given so much to me,” says Robert Willen ’87. “My degree gave me an advantage.” Willen hopes to pass on that advantage to other Aggies. He and his wife Missy recently committed to a gift of $25,000, establishing an endowed scholarship fund for students at Mays.

“As someone who worked his way through college, I specifically wanted to give something that would help out a business student,” said Willen, who earned a degree in accounting. “I went from A&M to KPMG Marwick…which was the biggest firm at that time, and I realized very quickly that I was competitive with kids from other schools.”

He’s held several positions in accounting and oil and gas, and also consulted independently. Today he is the COO of Momentum Operating Co. Inc., an oil and gas company headquartered in Albany, Texas.

In addition to his work at Momentum, he is involved in the local community. Currently he is an advisory board member for the First National Bank of Albany and the Abilene A&M Club. Formerly, he was an Albany Independent School District trustee, a board member of the local stock show, and the president of the softball association.

Robert and Missy have two children, Lauren (21), and Lexa (17) who hopes to attend A&M.

“[College] was a very positive experience for me. I love A&M,” said Willen.

“The Willens’ most generous gift to our school will provide deserving students with the opportunity for a world-class education,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “We are truly fortunate that people such as Robert and Missy are investing in the outstanding young people who study at Mays.”