Realizing the importance of education inside and outside of the classroom, Rodney L. ’88 and Karen Faldyn have committed $100,000 to create Rodney L. ’88 and Karen Faldyn Professional Development Endowment at Mays Business School. Funds from this endowment will provide support for professional development opportunities for students in the Business Honors program, such as participation in student competitions, student conferences, and student domestic and international travel experiences.

Rodney '88 and Karen Faldyn
Rodney ’88 and Karen Faldyn

Faldyn says he and his wife want to help Business Honors attract and educate the “bright, top-notch students from around the country.” He says the major “has developed into such a prestigious program, we wanted to help in attracting quality students into the program when financial constraints might otherwise be a deterrent.”

“The generosity of friends like Rodney and Karen Faldyn allow us to provide life-changing experiences to our Business Honors students,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Whether a study abroad experience to India or a student competition at a U.S. university, their gift will provide our students with tremendous opportunities to enrich their educational experiences.”

When Faldyn graduated in 1988 with a degree in accounting, he began with a job with Touche Ross & Co. (predecessor to Deloitte & Touche), where he had done an internship. He is currently president and CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors in Katy.

“I have had the good fortune of hiring a lot of students over my career from Mays Business School,” he explains. “Work ethic, integrity and leadership abilities are key building blocks in beginning and sustaining any successful career. These are common traits among Texas A&M graduates”.

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. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.