Kelli Levey, November 2nd, 2012
A Sugar Land couple created the Janet and Mark H. Ely ’83 Professorship to help attract and retain top faculty at Mays Business School. Their commitment of $250,000 will be matched by funds from Mays’ Center for Executive Development to create a total endowment of $500,000.
Mark Ely, who received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas A&M, is president and CEO at EBR Energy LP, a Houston company that engages in crude petroleum and natural gas extraction. He says key faculty members at Mays impacted his personal life and business career in immeasurable ways. “In some instances, it took years for me to recognize the impact of those teaching professionals on my career and the reasons for the demands that they place on us during the educational process,” he explains.
Ely says he wants to aid Mays in recruiting and retaining talented faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and preparing students for the challenges they face in life and in the business world.
He says he and his wife were inspired to give the gift after a recent discussion with new faculty members at Mays. “Our hope and prayer is that, through this gift, Mays Business School will be meaningfully impacted in achieving the strategic priority of recruiting and retaining talented faculty at Mays Business School. With that goal in mind, we are confident that the students of Mays will return one day and honor Texas A&M and those talented teaching professionals in their own meaningful ways.”
“Mark and Janet Ely’s most generous commitment to our school will positively impact our students and programs,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “The appointment to an endowed position is the ultimate honor a faculty member can receive, and we appreciate Mark and Janet’s generosity in allowing us to recognize our outstanding faculty in this manner.”
About Mays Business School
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. Its mission is to create knowledge and develop ethical leaders for a global society.