The Kerry Cooper Endowment will honor Dr. S. Kerry Cooper, the longtime former executive director of the Center for International Business Studies (CIBS) at Mays Business School. CIBS Executive Director Julian Gaspar led the effort to create the endowment at the time of Cooper’s retirement in 2011. Of the $100,000 goal, a total of $72,000 in contributions and commitments has been raised.
Former students, faculty and friends of Cooper’s have committed to funding the endowment. Ray Hannigan ’61, an advocate of globalization of business education and recently retired member of the CIBS Advisory Council, made the initial contribution to honor Cooper for his contributions to CIBS. “He personally raised the level of awareness of international programs at A&M and was responsible for an innumerable number of Aggies getting exposure to working and studying abroad,” he says. “He was responsible for developing the vast network of “sister’ international programs with reputable universities throughout the world, and he made CIBS a leading CIBER in the United States.”
Gaspar said the fund was created to recognize and honor Cooper’s 23 years of service to Mays and CIBS, and his leadership and vision in boosting Mays Business School’s international programs.
“Kerry was instrumental in international business program design and development that benefited all Mays students — undergraduate, master’s and PhD — and also for identifying and generating resources that have set CIBS on a strong financial footing,” Gaspar says. He recalls that when Cooper received the 2011 Texas A&M University Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Public Service, he donated his $2,500 award to CIBS to support its international mission.
Mays Dean Jerry Strawser echoed Gaspar’s comments. “Kerry’s vision and hard work is responsible for many of our students having their very first international experience. These experiences are an irreplaceable component of Mays’ mission to prepare leaders for a global society.”
About Mays Business School
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. Its mission is to create knowledge and develop ethical leaders for a global society.