Jerry R. Strawser, March 5th, 2010
I don’t need to tell anybody reading this message that we are living in tough economic times. Many of you have asked how this is affecting Texas A&M University and Mays Business School. We are not immune to the current economic challenges and, like the entire A&M community, we have been asked to submit a formal plan that reduces our budget over the next two years.
We are already a lean and efficient operation, and making cuts is never easy or fun. Early in our planning process, we quickly determined that we must do all we can to continue investing in the outstanding members of the Mays family and adhere to the following principles to sustain our excellence:
- We will provide a high-quality learning experience for our students at a reasonable cost.
- We will attract and retain the very best faculty and provide them with the resources necessary to sustain and enhance their excellence.
- We will recognize and reward our staff for their outstanding work.
The recent rankings by the Financial Times of our MBA program (9th among U.S. public schools) and Accounting program (2nd among U.S. public schools) provide strong evidence of our existing excellence and emphasize the importance of continuing to enhance this excellence.
As we have considered various alternatives, one thing is clear: the important role that our friends and supporters play in the life of Mays. Your support helps us educate the next generation of business leaders and produce scholarship that impacts the academic and business worlds. Please accept my most sincere appreciation for the major role you have played and continue to play in our success.