J. Robert Chambers ’89 and Kimberly A. Chambers ’91, of Houston, have endowed a $60,000 scholarship fund that will support worthy students at Mays. The Chambers’ gift creates the J. Robert Chambers ’89 and Kimberly A. Chambers ’91 President’s Endowed Scholarship.

“The Chambers’ generous gift will keep the “Aggie Miracle’ — the process through which persons of modest means obtain a top-flight education because of the generosity of our former students — alive and well,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “We appreciate Robert and Kimberly’s generosity and hope they know the tremendous difference they will make in the life of the student fortunate enough to benefit from their gift.”

Robert and Kimberly both received bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Texas A&M and were members of the Fellows program. They currently reside in Houston with their son, William. Robert is a managing director at Lehman Brothers, where he manages a hedge fund focusing on energy investments.

“Having received a President’s Endowed Scholarship myself, I am very grateful that God has blessed us so that we can, in turn, help support future students,” Robert Chambers said.

Categories: Deanspeak, Donors Corner, Former Students

Houston-based Midway Companies has seeded the newly created James A. Moran Real Estate Excellence Fund with a $100,000 endowment to Mays.

Midway’s gift will support various faculty and student activities at Mays. It is named after James A. “Bugs” Moran, the founder of Midway Development Company in 1968, for his contributions of integrity and professionalism to the real estate industry.

“Our students and programs will benefit greatly from Midway’s generous contribution and Mr. Moran’s legacy of ethics and fair dealing in real estate,” Dean Strawser said.

Midway Chairman Bradley R. Freels ’81 fondly remembers his old partner and mentor as a creative and inspiring leader and “truly one of the best at extracting value from a piece of land.”

Midway Companies began as Midway Development Co., Inc. in 1968 with the development of a 160-acre Dallas-area pasture, located at Midway Road and LBJ into Metropolitan Business Park. Over the years, Midway integrated the full scope of development services and property management. Today Midway continues this full-service approach in developing commercial and residential projects. In 1999, the company was renamed Midway Companies, which is now the parent company to a host of real estate-related companies also headquartered in Houston.

Categories: Deanspeak, Donors Corner, Former Students

Stanton P. Bell ’54 has committed $80,000 to endow a scholarship for undergraduate students studying at Mays Business School. His gift creates the Stanton F. Bell ’29 President’s Endowed Memorial Scholarship, in memory of his father and intended for Corps of Cadets students majoring in business.

“Mr. Bell’s gift honors his father and provides an opportunity for an outstanding student to study at Mays,” Dean Jerry Strawser said. “His generous endowment will ensure the legacy of both through the accomplishments of the students it supports.”

Bell served as a Lt. Colonel on the Corps staff and was executive officer of the Ross Volunteers and a member of the Student Senate while at A&M. After graduation, he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division in Korea. He is currently president and owner of Bell Hydrogas Propane, director of Compass Bank and a director of Mission Gas Corp. He is past president of the San Antonio Country Club, where he has been golf champion and senior golf champion, and is a director of Children’s Hospital Foundation, Boysville and The Valero Texas Open Golf Tournament.

“I’m happy to help in a small way since any success I have enjoyed is due in large part to my education at Texas A&M,” Bell said.

Categories: Deanspeak, Donors Corner, Former Students

John Speer, of Houston, has committed $250,000 to endow the Carlton D. Stolle Faculty Fellowship in Mays Business School. Speer, Class of 1971, made the gift to support a faculty member in real estate education at Mays and in honor of Carlton Stolle, an accounting professor who has taught at Mays for 40 years.

“John’s gift in honor of Professor Stolle is a wonderful tribute to both John’s generosity and the impact Professor Stolle has had on students throughout his distinguished career,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “This generous gift will have a similar impact on future students studying real estate at Mays Business School.”

Mays Business School currently enrolls more than 4,400 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students. Mays is nationally ranked among public business schools for the quality of its undergraduate program, MBA program, and faculty scholarship.

“It is with great pleasure, pride and appreciation that I have been fortunate enough to be able to honor Professor Stolle through this donation,” Speer said. “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to learn under his tutelage and guidance. This is truly an example of making a difference in someone’s life and not really expecting anything in return, other than a quiet self-confidence of a job well done. I am pleased to be able to speak up for the difference that Professor Stolle and all the other A&M professors have made in the lives of their students, knowing that a simple “thank you’ would have been enough.”

Speer has spent 30 years in the home-building and mortgage industries, participating in the construction and/or financing of more than $5 billion in real estate. He is currently chief financial officer of the Royce Family of Builders, Park Lake Communities, and Hammersmith Financial. He is a member of both the National Association of Home Builders and the Greater Houston Builders Association. He also serves on the Dean’s Development Council at Mays Business School.

Categories: Deanspeak, Donors Corner, Faculty, Former Students, Programs

For the first time, the Mays MBA Program was ranked among the world’s top 50 programs in the Wall Street Journal’s third annual survey of MBA programs. In the 2003 survey, Mays ranked 47th overall and 16th among public business schools.

Unlike other rankings, the Wall Street Journal survey is based on the opinions of 2,191 MBA recruiters that hire full-time graduates. It focuses on the characteristics the recruiters deem most important when deciding from which schools to recruit and which students to hire.

Forbes ranked the Mays MBA Program 32nd overall and 11th among public universities in its 2003 rankings. This ranking is unique in that it does not consider perceptions, rather market forces. Specifically, it evaluates five-year salary gains after students earn their degrees and the number of years to pay back.

Five years following graduation, Mays MBA students received a 133 percent increase from their starting salaries, ranking second in the United States and first among public universities in this category.

“Clearly, the high quality of the Mays MBA Program is a testimony to the hard work and talent of our students, faculty, MBA program and Graduate Business Career Services staff,” says Dean Jerry Strawser. “While we are excited about the current state of our program, we are even more excited about its future.”

Categories: Deanspeak, Departments, Faculty, Programs

San Antonio-based Frost Bank has committed a $100,000 gift from the Myra
Stafford Pryor Charitable Trust to provide state-of-the art presentation technology for Mays’ new facility, the Jerry and Kay Cox Graduate Business Center.

The Cox Graduate Business Center expansion to the Wehner Building helps Mays meet the need for classroom and special-purpose educational facilities. With the growth of Mays’ graduate education programs, the Cox Center also provides additional office space and enables the school to continue enhancing its research and teaching efforts at all levels. The Frost Bank gift will equip the 10 MBA seminar rooms with the most advanced presentation systems available.

“This gift will enable our MBA students to use and experience the latest technologies available in the business world,” comments Dean Jerry Strawser. “It is critical that we have the resources to attract the top young minds to Mays Business School, and resources such as these will allow us to do just that.”

Categories: Centers, Deanspeak, Faculty, Programs

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) has extended accreditation for Mays’ undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs. In their recommendations to extend accreditation, the AACSB’s Peer Review Team cited Mays’ “spectacular physical plant that has first-rate technology” and the many “impressive centers” as some of the outstanding characteristics of the school.

“As with any important milestone,” says Dean Jerry Strawser, “this is only possible because of the efforts of everyone in our entire school.”

Categories: Deanspeak, Faculty, Programs