Kelli Levey Reynolds, January 15th, 2013
T. Randall “Randy” Cain ’82, a partner at Ernst & Young, considers the pipeline of outstanding students from Mays Business School so valuable that he and his wife have committed $100,000 to Texas A&M’s accounting program.
Cain, Vice Chair and Southwest Regional Managing Partner of the firm where he has worked for 30 years, says he and his wife wanted to create the Randy ’82 and Jyl Cain Accounting Education Excellence Fund to help ensure continued excellence in accounting education at Mays.
Matching funds from the Ernst & Young Foundation will be used to complete the gift, which is being funded through the Texas A&M Foundation. “Without the quality students A&M provides and the top-notch graduates from Mays, we would have a hard time meeting our professional goals,” he explains.
Proceeds from the fund will be used to support strategic initiatives of the accounting department. “Hopefully, it will allow more flexibility to the professors so they can focus on doing what they do best, which is to attract the top students and provide them with the knowledge they need to succeed,” Cain explains.
He praised the accomplishments of Mays Dean Jerry Strawser and accounting department head James Benjamin, and added, “We are trying to give them the tools — the arrows in their quiver.”
“It is difficult to envision how anybody could participate more in the life of our school,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “Whether hiring our students, speaking to our classes, serving on advisory boards or providing financial support, Randy has literally impacted thousands of Mays graduates. We are truly blessed to have him as an advocate for our students and programs.”
The Cains’ affinity for Texas A&M has trickled down to the next generation: daughter and son-in-law Courtney and Tim Kuhn ’06 were part of the Professional Program at Mays, each earning a BBA in Accounting and an MS in Management Information Systems. Daughter Meredith Cain ’13 is also at Texas A&M, studying recreation, park and tourism sciences.
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.