Two Aggies committed $500,000 to Mays Business School because they want to give back to Texas A&M University, which they credit with providing them with rich experiences, lifelong friends and their relationship with one another.

Their $500,000 commitment to establish the Ashley B. ’88 and David L. Coolidge ’87 Chair in Business will be matched with funds given to Mays from Peggy and Lowry Mays ’57 of San Antonio, bringing the total endowment to $1 million. Distributions from the endowment will be used to support the teaching, research, service and professional development activities of the chairholder.

David '87 and Ashley Coolidge '88
David ’87 and Ashley Coolidge ’88

The Coolidge family lives in Houston and owns an energy commodity fund that trades in natural gas. David Coolidge says although neither he nor his wife Ashley graduated from the business school, both are impressed with its accomplishments and direction.

“The business school has always been good, but now it’s great,” he says. “It is very renowned nationally, and that doesn’t happen by accident. I am honored and blessed to be able to give back to Texas A&M and to support the solid program at Mays. We hope our gift has a positive impact on the students and also inspires someone else to give back.”

“Any gift of this magnitude to our school is meaningful,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “The fact that neither David nor Ashley was a Mays graduate makes this even more special. Through their generosity, our school will be able to attract and retain top faculty members whose work with students inside and outside of the classroom will change their lives. Our school owes the Coolidges – a true debt of gratitude.”

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.