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Mays Business School Receives Lead Gifts in Department of Accounting Naming

The Texas A&M Foundation has received two lead gifts totaling $4 million in a $10 million fundraising campaign to name the Department of Accounting in honor of James J. Benjamin in Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. David Baggett, a 1981 graduate of the university with a degree in accounting, and his wife Denise have committed $2 million to the campaign. Ernst & Young has also committed a gift of the same amount. Both gifts will be endowed to support the needs of the department and to ensure its future growth.

Multimillion-Dollar Gifts Establish New Innovation Research Center at Mays Business School

The Texas A&M Foundation has received commitments of $3 million from the Mays Family Foundation and $2.6 million from the Charles Koch Foundation to establish the Mays Innovation Research Center (MIRC) within the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Drawing from academic disciplines across the Texas A&M campus, MIRC will examine the nature of innovation. Research at the center will focus on how innovation advances human potential; the essential conditions necessary for innovation to flourish; how innovation spreads; and the social, economic and legal frameworks necessary to support innovation.


In November 2015, Texas A&M University embarked on the Lead by Example $4 billion comprehensive campaign, one of the boldest comprehensive campaigns in the history of public higher education and the largest fundraising endeavor ever undertaken in Texas.

Impact Areas

Empowering The Future

Lead by Example is a joint effort between Texas A&M University, the Texas A&M Foundation, the 12th Man Foundation, The Association of Former Students and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation. Support raised through the campaign will empower Texas A&M to continue to be recognized as a world-class, top-tier public research institution and provide students with access to an affordable education with the best faculty.


(as of October 31, 2017)

$2.79 billion of $4 billion goal

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At The Forefront

At Texas A&M University, we are not just focused on a few issues; we are on the forefront of every issue, and our ambitious goal demonstrates our commitment to addressing major societal challenges facing the state, nation and world. Bound by our core values—and with the support of a worldwide network—we can fearlessly forge ahead knowing that our university has already set an example of amazing progress for 140 years.

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