With a $2.3 million investment, the Bryan N. Mitchell family
of Fort Worth, Texas aims to revolutionize teaching in residential
construction and design at Texas A&M University. Their
gift will fund an interdisciplinary initiative preparing students
from Texas A&M’s College of Architecture and Mays
Business School for careers in the increasingly diverse construction
industry, endowing five faculty positions, 10 scholarships
and support for an interdisciplinary studio/class focusing
on residential construction and design.
The gift was announced Monday, July 17 at History Maker Homes,
the Fort Worth home-building firm founded in 1949 by O.N. Mitchell
Sr. and O.N. Mitchell Jr.
“This is an opportunity to give back to the university
that has given so much to us and our industry, said Bryan N.
Mitchell Sr. ’70, CEO of History Maker Homes and the third
of four generations involved in the family business, including
his grandfather, father and son, B. Nelson Mitchell Jr. ’94. “This
is the best thing we can do to encourage young people interested
in building tomorrow’s communities.”
“Homebuilding continues to grow in sophistication and
complexity,” said B. Nelson Mitchell Jr., who serves as
company president. “We’ve been pleased with the interns
and employees that have come to us from Texas A&M. They are
very bright people who do well in a changing industry.”
The Mitchell family gift provides $2 million to benefit the
College of Architecture and $300,000 for the Mays Business School.
“This is the largest gift ever granted to the college,” said
Dean J. Thomas Regan. “This program will not only be unique
in the area of residential construction and design, it will advance
Texas A&M’s leadership in interdisciplinary studies
in the built environment.”
The Texas A&M College of Architecture is one of only a few
nationwide that encompasses the related disciplines of architecture,
construction science, landscape architecture, urban planning,
land development and visualization science under one administrative
roof. The Mitchell initiative will also build on the college’s
longstanding relationship with the Mays Business School’s
real estate program.
At a special July 17 event at History Maker
Homes’ Fort Worth headquarters, the Mitchell family hosted
faculty from Texas A&M while announcing their $2.3 million
gift to the university.