Southern Methodist University has announced a $15 million gift from alumnus Bryan S. Sheffield ('01) and his wife, Sharoll, for a new business school building.
When completed, Bryan S. Sheffield Hall will provide students in the Edwin L. Cox School of Business with state-of-the-art learning environments and collaboration spaces. Part of a renovation an expansion of the business school, the facility will also serve as the new home of the school's Bachelor of Business Administration program and the Brierley Institute for Customer Engagement, which brings together students, marketing faculty, and corporate leaders to explore why customers engage with brands and how that engagement drives loyalty and value.
Bryan Sheffield is founder and managing partner of Formentera Partners, an energy-focused investment firm based in Austin, and founder of Parsley Energy, an independent oil and gas company.
"The Cox School, and its BBA program in particular, taught me to anticipate future business landscapes," said Sheffield. "Energy is undergoing a huge transition. Data and innovation are starting to take center stage in environmentally responsible energy production. This facility will give our next-generation CEOs experience in a data-driven, collaborative environment — and the skills to build trust with customers. Combined, technology and public trust are critical to supporting our future energy landscapes. Sharoll and I are thrilled to give back to SMU and to help educate the next generation of entrepreneurs on the Hilltop."
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