Brother Paul Goelz, S.M., Ph.D., followed his passion for education and entrepreneurship by devoting his life to teaching free enterprise at St. Mary’s University and helping entrepreneurs succeed. He established the Algur H. Meadows Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in 1981 with a grant from the Meadows Foundation of Dallas, which later was supplemented by a gift from the Gulf Oil Foundation.
Through the Meadows Center, Goelz built a strong relationship with South Texas business professionals who engaged in entrepreneurial activities. In 1986, he developed the Forum on Entrepreneurship Breakfast Series. Each year, the Forum hosts four breakfast meetings that feature prominent entrepreneurs who share their experiences and insights.
Goelz’s successor, Brooke R. Envick, Ph.D. was appointed director of the Meadows Center in 2002. Under her leadership, the Center continues to advance awareness of entrepreneurship. In 2003, a second program began to emanate from the Center, the Entrepreneur Scholars Program (E-Scholars Program). The E-Scholars Program is a yearlong certificate program that includes academic and extra-curricular activities to help manage business ventures of undergraduate students from all disciplines and majors.