L.C. “Chaz” Neely, Jr. ’62 of San Antonio has committed $1 million to endow the Trisha and L.C. “Chaz” Neely, Jr. ’62 Endowed Chair in Business. The gift will support the teaching, research, service and professional development of a faculty member at Mays Business School.

“The Neelys’ most generous commitment will allow us to continue to build on our outstanding faculty,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “Faculty are truly the lifeblood of our school; in addition to their research, it is our faculty who create the outstanding learning environment that benefits our students.”

Neely was the first person in his family to attend college, graduating from A&M with a marketing degree in 1962. In 1979, after working for a family business and for Atlantic Richfield, Neely founded San Antonio Steel Company. He now serves as CEO of what has become one of the largest business-to-business steel and fencing companies in the southwest. Chaz and his wife Trisha have been married for more than 40 years. They have three Aggie children and three grandchildren. They have long been supporters of Mays, most recently giving $150,000 in 2003 to establish a matching Heep Foundation graduate fellowship.

“The dean wants to have Mays Business School in the top 10 and I’d like to help him get there,” Neely said. “I’ve been blessed with doing well in business and I want to help Mays find even more success.”

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Perry D. Reed ’76, of Longview, has committed $25,000 to create an endowed scholarship for students at Mays. His scholarship gift, intended for finance majors with financial need, forms the Perry D. Reed ’76 Endowed Scholarship.

“One of the greatest traditions is the Aggie Miracle, a process through which a person of modest means receives an education because of the generosity of others. Mr. Reed has reached out to students who need financial help the most,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “His generous gift will enable Mays to recruit talented students and keep the Aggie Miracle alive.”

Reed, CPA, is president and CEO of Perry D. Reed & Company, PC, of Longview. His firm provides accounting, tax, audit and advisory services to clients in Texas and across the nation. Reed graduated from Pleasanton High School in 1974 and from Texas A&M in 1976 with a degree in finance, beginning his professional career with H.B. Zachry Co. in San Antonio. He has served in leadership capacities for the Texas A&M Foundation and the Deep East Texas A&M Club. His son, Perry Thomas Reed II, is currently a freshman at Texas A&M.

“Success should be measured by the legacy one leaves behind, which in turn creates opportunities far into the future,” Reed said.

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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.

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Rebecca A. and Neal T. Thompson ’66, of Bullard, have committed a $200,000 estate gift to fund endowed scholarships for Mays students. Their gift creates the Neal T. Thompson ’66 and Rebecca A. Thompson Endowed Scholarship in Business.

“The Thompsons have made Mays students part of their legacy with their most generous gift,” said Dean Jerry Strawser. “Their generosity will be rewarded by providing an educational opportunity for future students studying business at Mays.”

Born in Bryan, Neal graduated from Texas A&M in 1966 with a degree in accounting and was a member of the 1964 Southwest Conference champion baseball team. He spent his career with Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) in locations around the country, retiring in 1995 as vice president of human resources. Neal and Becky have two sons, Aggies Brooks and Chip, and three granddaughters they hope will also become Aggies.

“Texas A&M has had a very positive influence on my life,” Neal Thompson said. “Becky and I feel blessed and privileged to be able to give back to the institution we love and consequently help support future Aggies.”

Categories: Donors Corner, Former Students, Students

John W. Clanton ’84 has committed $300,000 to endow a faculty fellowship at Mays. His gift creates the John W. Clanton ’84 Endowed Faculty Fellowship to support the teaching, research and professional development of Mays faculty members.

“John’s generous support will help us compete for and retain the very best faculty,” Dean Jerry Strawser said. “Top faculty are the key to having great programs and providing unique learning opportunities for our students. John’s most generous gift will further Mays’ goals of attracting the most talented pool of professors possible.”

Clanton’s gift counts in the One Spirit One Vision Campaign, the university’s multi-year fundraising effort. The campaign goal is to help Texas A&M attain national top 10 status among public universities.

“Mays Business School’s leadership has articulated a clear vision for the future, and has demonstrated the commitment, courage and tenacity to achieve that vision,” Clanton said. “I am thankful to be able to participate in such an exciting process with such a dedicated group of leaders.”

Categories: Donors Corner, Faculty, Former Students

Pamela M. and Barent W. Cater ’77, of Kemah, have committed $300,000 to endow a faculty fellowship at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. This gift, which creates the Pamela M. and Barent W. Cater ’77 Faculty Fellowship, will support the teaching, research, service and professional development activities of a Mays Business School faculty member.

“The Caters’ outstanding gift will help us attract and retain the rising stars of business faculty,” Dean Jerry Strawser said.

In addition to his undergraduate degree in economics from Texas A&M, Barry has an MBA from Mays Business School and is a retired managing partner of Accenture. Pam is a graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, and their son Colin currently attends the University of Texas.

“Pam and I feel fortunate to be able to support this great university which has meant so much to our family,” Barent Cater said.

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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

Tax and business consulting firm UHY Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp Advisors (UHY MFSL) recently committed a minimum of $50,000 for an endowed scholarship in accounting at Mays Business School. The firm’s gift will specifically provide scholarships for students in the Professional Program at Mays.

The firm will also match gifts from partners and staff to this endowment over a five-year period.

“This significant endowment will benefit countless future accounting students,” said Jim Benjamin, head of the accounting department. “It is also particularly gratifying to receive such support from a firm which has only recently begun recruiting from our Professional Program.”

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.

The master’s program in accounting, of which many students in the professional program are a part, was ranked as the 10th best in the nation in the CPA Personnel Report’s 23rd Annual Survey of Professors.

“Recruiting is integral to our firm’s growth plans,” said Paul Mueller, a managing director with UHY MFSL and the National Tax Director for UHY Advisors, Inc. “This financial commitment underscores our appreciation and support for the continuing quality of Mays’ Professional Program.”

UHY MFSL is the Houston office of UHY Advisors, Inc. (UHY), the nation’s 16th largest professional services firm providing tax, accounting and business advisory services. With more than 1,000 staff members in 20 locations, UHY is a premier provider to both publicly-traded and middle market clients.

Categories: Departments, Donors Corner, Faculty, Programs


When Brandon Coleman, Jr. graduated with a BBA in marketing in 1978, he left Texas A&M aware of the impact faculty members can have on a young mind. It was the influence of Professor Herb Thompson that inspired Coleman’s successful career in marketing as well as his motivation for establishing the Brandon C. Coleman, Jr. ’78 Chair in Marketing.

Coleman was honored at a recent dedication ceremony, along with the faculty member, Professor of Marketing Dr. Venky Shankar, who Coleman hopes will impact Aggies in the way Thompson impacted him.

“Making a gift like this is not about me; it’s really about (all of) you,” Coleman said at the ceremony. “Large gifts are not merely a sign of someone’s ship coming in. Someone has to touch a person along the way for you to have any inclination to make a gift to Texas A&M.”

For Shankar, being the first recipient of the Coleman Chair is truly an honor. He hopes to use the resources the position provides to create and share new knowledge with the marketing discipline as well as with Mays students in the classroom.

“I’m greatly honored and humbled,” said Shankar, who joined Mays this fall from the University of Maryland. “These kinds of endowments really make a lasting impact, not just on the faculty members or the school, but also on our community as a whole. I’ve been truly impressed with the caliber and passion of the faculty members, the students, the alumni, the donors and the staff.”

Categories: Departments, Donors Corner, Faculty, Former Students

Ray Hunt, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Hunt Consolidated Inc., was honored with the 2004 Kupfer Distinguished Executive Award. Named in memory of Harold Kupfer ’54, the award was created by lifelong friends Donald Zale ’54 and Gerald Ray ’54 to honor a businessperson who exemplifies Kupfer’s integrity, leadership and business acumen.

Hunt no doubt fits the bill, having been taught the nuances of the oil exploration industry by his father H.L. Hunt, who founded the company in 1934. The younger Hunt began his relationship with the company working in the oil fields during the summer of 1958.

Becoming chairman of Hunt Oil in 1974, Hunt has guided the company’s growth and success by sticking to the core principles his father stressed. In fact, Hunt believes that corporate culture, especially in a marketplace soiled with scandal, is one of the most important values.

“If someone would have asked me five years ago what was the single most important aspect was, I would have said our people,” Hunt told the audience upon accepting the award. “But in a post-Enron environment, I would now have to say corporate culture. If you have a strong culture, it will attract the right people.”

In addition to his success at Hunt Oil, Hunt has long been an active community and government servant. In 2001, George W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and chairman of the board for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He earned a bachelor’s in economics from Southern Methodist University in 1965, where he serves on the board of trustees. SMU named Hunt a Distinguished Alumnus in 1977, and he was elected to the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1992.

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