Susan Conn McCurry honored her father by donating $100,000 to Mays Business School to establish the Susan Conn McCurry Business Honors Scholarship Fund.

The Beaumont native graduated from Lamar University, but she holds Texas A&M University — particularly Mays Business School — in high regard because of her father’s allegiance to the school. C.W. Conn served on university advisory councils and held the position of professor and lecturer at several universities, including Texas A&M, Lamar, University of Houston and the University of Notre Dame. He received numerous awards and honors for his civic and philanthropic endeavors.

Susan Conn McCurry and her husband, Roger.
Susan Conn McCurry and her husband, Roger.

McCurry says she wanted to direct her gift to “wherever the need was” at Mays. “I know that’s what my dad wanted me to do because he loved Texas A&M so much,” she says. “I do, too. It is just a wonderful school.”

She says her father’s involvement with Texas A&M has lived on through his children and grandchildren. “It was a very mutually beneficial arrangement, and we wanted to see it continue. We’ve been very pleased with the university and the relationship our family has had with it.”

McCurry owns Terra Bella Stables in Beaumont with her husband Roger. Their son Steven attends Texas A&M, while daughter Camille attends Lamar.

“Susan’s generous contribution to our school epitomizes her and her father’s love for Texas A&M University and our students,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Her generosity will provide our Business Honors students the opportunity to be part of a very special learning experience at Mays Business School.”

C.W. Conn, the previous owner and former president of Conn Appliances and chairman of Conn Development Corporation, valued enterprising business leaders. He and his wife Dorothy established the Conn Family Entrepreneurial Leadership Award to recognize outstanding business leaders who have achieved extraordinary success. The award honors a business leader that has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a successful new venture — either a start-up or an entrepreneurial effort within an existing company. They also created the Carroll and Dorothy Anne Conn Business Honors Scholarship.