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Mays Business School recognizes EY as 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year

Dorian Martin, March 22nd, 2018

Mays Business School recognized global leader EY as its 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year during a day-long celebration on March 22. Corporate executives participated in an official award ceremony. They also gave presentations and led roundtable discussions with Mays undergraduate and graduate students on topics ranging from creating an engaged corporate culture, supporting employees, disruptive technology, and the professional of the future.

The Corporate Partner of the Year award honors EY’s 35-year relationship with Mays. “Some people think this award is about the money, but it’s not,” said Mays Dean Eli Jones ’82. “It’s because of EY’s significant investment of time, energy, and ideas in our school. Just having the EY brand associated with the Mays brand means a lot worldwide.”

A meaningful corporate partnership

EY has contributed $5 million to the school and recently made a $2 million commitment to name the Department of Accounting.  “EY has been the largest donor to the accounting program and one of the largest to the college,” said Jim Benjamin, the head of Mays’ Department of Accounting.

In addition, EY leaders have been active on numerous Mays advisory boards and provided feedback on curriculum and course content. The multinational professional services firm also has hired hundreds of Aggies for internships and full- time positions after graduation. “Part of the success of our program is attracting great students,” Benjamin said. “Great students are interested in programs where there are great outcomes – where there are internships, jobs and great career opportunities. Corporate partnerships like the one we have with EY have made that happen.”

A pipeline for the next generation of transformational leaders

In turn, EY executives value the characteristics that Aggies bring to the table. “When Aggies come to work with us, they are well-trained, which you’d expect,” Randy Cain ’82, EY’s vice chair and region managing partner. “But they also are transformational leaders. They are people with a work ethic that is second to none. Our purpose is to build a better working world and I often say that I cannot find a place that better matches that then Texas A&M. It’s been a wonderful 35-year journey and one that will continue forever. It is also a partnership that is very important to us.”



The Arthur Andersen & Co. Chair in Accounting Robert Strawser has recently received the Regents Professor Service Award given by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. He was one of two faculty members named to the three-year appointment from the College Station campus. Established in 1996, the award program recognizes and honors faculty members who have made exemplary contributions to their university. Each recipient receives a stipend of $3,000 for each of the three years. Strawser, who has been teaching at A&M more than 25 years, has received numerous teaching and research awards and is listed in McGraw-Hill’s Accounting Literature Index as the leading active author among all U.S. and international academics.

Categories: Departments, Faculty, Texas A&M

Leonard Berry, distinguished professor of marketing, has recently been appointed the first Mays faculty member to hold the M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership. He served as the founding director for the college’s Center for Retailing Studies for 17 years. Internationally known for his contributions to sales and marketing education, Berry was also honored this year as the Outstanding Marketing Educator by the Academy of Marketing Science.

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Uday Murthy, associate accounting professor, was recently recognized by the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems for his research productivity. Murthy ranked ninth among 316 accounting information system faculty for the period of 1982-1998, which is remarkable since he did not receive his doctorate until 1989. The journal also ranked the accounting faculty the eighth most productive program overall, while accounting Ph.D. graduates came in twentieth.

Texas A&M students in international studies have named Scott Lee, associate professor of finance, as the recipient of the Exemplary Professor Award for 2000-2001. Recognizing the international perspective he brings to the classroom, Lee was honored Nov. 14 at the annual international studies reception. Lee teaches corporate finance and valuation analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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The Mays College and the Association of Former Students recently recognized faculty members who illustrate excellence in teaching and research. Three faculty members received Association of Former Students college level teaching awards. Uday Murthy, associate professor of accounting; Lorraine Eden, associate professor of management; and Duane DeWald, lecturer in marketing, were named this year. In addition, the college recognized Tina Dacin, associate professor of management, and Mike Wilkins, assistant professor of accounting, for their excellence in research.

Categories: Departments, Faculty, Former Students

Three former students were recently honored at the Mays College’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards. John T. Eubanks of Grapevine and Larry Levine and John V. McNevin, both of Houston, were chosen because of outstanding contributions in their professional careers and exemplary service to their communities, said Dean Benton Cocanougher.

Eubanks, who received a BBA in Accounting 1962, is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Mesco Metal Buildings, a manufacturer and builder of engineered metal building systems and components. Receiving his BBA in Management in 1971, Levine is president of Levcor, Inc., a full service real estate development company, and of Levtex Hotel Ventures, a developer of shopping centers and office buildings. McNevin received his BBA in 1973 and MBA in 1974 and is the founder and chairman of EnFORM Technology, a high-tech consulting firm.

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Unlike the twenty-something characters on the popular “Real World” television show, Mays College graduate students realize challenges await them upon commencement. To help ease the transition of entering, or often re-entering, the workforce, the college’s Graduate Business Career Services recently hosted its annual career conference. Unlike typical career fairs, the conference used a roundtable format, matching a handful of students with representatives from a particular company for a 45-minute discussion.

“Students like the fact that the conference provides a more casual atmosphere, and they are more comfortable asking questions and discussing job opportunities,” said Kaci Yates, coordinator of this year’s conference. Yates said representatives from more than 30 companies and approximately 300 students attended the two-day event, which was held in Reed Arena.

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Thanks to the generous support of Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte, 75 undergraduate and graduate distinguished business students are pursing their educational through the Mitte Scholarship Program. The Mittes were recently honored at a reception and dinner by the college, which featured entertainment by the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. The 2000 Mitte Scholars were also recognized during the program for their academic achievements.

Categories: Donors Corner, Texas A&M

Representatives of Ford Motor Company recently visited Texas A&M, meeting some of the Mays College’s brightest students. Undergraduate and graduate students in the Ford Scholars Program were on hand to greet representatives from Ford Motor Company and acknowledge the company’s generous support of their academic pursuits in the college. Members of Ford’s team visiting the college included: Carlos E. Mazzorin, group vice president of global purchasing and South America; Chuck Maitland, director of manufacturing; Linda Plawecki, purchasing manager; Candy Chatawanich, body structures engineer; Alberto Piccone, purchasing manager; and Denny Igun, recruiting account manager.

Through a recent partnership with the college, the Ford Scholars Program was established to recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements. Thanks to the collaboration, the Mays College also established the Ford Motor Company Chair in Consumerism/E-Commerce/E-Business, the Ford Faculty Fellowship and the Ford Excellence Fund.

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Graduates of the Mays MBA program are getting more bang for their buck, according to a recent issue of Business Week. The magazine’s “Best B-Schools” issue ranked the MBA program as having the best return on investment, or ROI, particularly when it comes to careers in marketing. Figures released in the biennial rankings show that Mays MBA graduates who chose careers in marketing could earn back their educational investment faster than graduates of any other U.S. business schools. The program was also touted as having the sixth fastest payback for MBAs, regardless of career choice, as compared to other programs nationwide.

“Texas A&M has relatively low tuition costs, especially for Texas residents,” said Dan H. Robertson, director of the MBA program. “Students who choose Mays for their MBA can potentially leverage a modest investment into a very attractive starting salary.”

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David M. Szymanski has been appointed director of the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) by Dean Benton Cocanougher. Szymanski served as associate director of the CRS from 1997-2000 under founding director Leonard L. Berry. Szymanski, a professor of marketing and retailing, has been recognized by the Mays College as the Outstanding Researcher in 1993 and received the Association of Former Students’ Outstanding Teacher Award for the Mays College of Business in 1994. The CRS was created in 1983 as a liaison between the academic and business communities.

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