March 11, 2011
St. Mary’s University and the Bill Greehey School of Business on March 10 celebrated the five-year anniversary of the $25 million gift from alumnus Bill Greehey (B.B.A. ’60), chairman of the board of NuStar LP.
Graduates of the school of business, local business and community leaders, current students, faculty and staff, as well as Bill Greehey himself gathered outside of the school’s Alkek Business Building to celebrate the gift and what it has meant to St. Mary’s and our students.
Highlights of what the gift has contributed in the past five years to the University and our community include:
To date, 38 Greehey Scholars have been admitted to the Greehey Scholars Program with scholarships totaling about $2.2 million. The program funds their domestic and international travel for leadership development, professional development, and service learning, with students traveling to Japan, Dubai, Scotland, Mexico, Belize, Germany, Austria, U.K., and more. They have contributed more than 6,000 hours in service activities which range from serving hurricane disaster victims to creating sustainable tourism development efforts in Belize.
The gift has helped recruit and retain outstanding faculty members, including seven nationally prominent faculty members – for three of these, the gift provides substantial salary support and for one, the entire salary.
The gift has helped reward outstanding faculty though funds for faculty development, research publications, teaching, and leadership activities.
Students other than Greehey Scholars have been funded for conferences including international conferences, study abroad travels and national competitions.
The gift helped create the Greehey Chair of Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility and the Greater San Antonio Ethics Round Table which is a corporate and University partnership. More than 50 senior business leaders from San Antonio and Austin participate, including NuStar, HEB, USAA, Valero, Sirius, Frost, Holt, Dell, City of San Antonio, Rackspace, and Southwest Research.
It has helped us create new international alliances in France, Korea, and India.