Donor contributions are an important component for an institution to be able to offer a quality and professional environment.  The learning environment in the business school was recently enhanced by donations naming two additional classrooms and various donations establishing the Leonardo Nierman art collection.

Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank employees attend room dedication ceremony.

Citizens Bank named the computer lab as a part of their multi-faceted support for the College of Business at West Texas A&M University in addition to supporting the University’s Share Your Pride comprehensive campaign.  Room 207 in the Classroom Center now has upgraded features to the physical room and the technology students use daily.  “We are very excited to be able to offer West Texas A&M University students state-of-the-art computer and research resources,” Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, said.  “The generosity of Citizens Bank and other donors are an important key to our programs being recognized as one of only 30 business schools in the world to earn both AACSB and ABET Computing accreditations.”  Citizens Bank, established in 1904, is a family-owned community bank with deep roots at West Texas A&M University.  From employing WT graduates to volunteering in leadership roles to offering financial support, Citizens Bank is one of the University’s most valued partners.  The Citizens Bank Open Access Computer Laboratory was established as part of the bank’s ongoing commitment to prepare the future leaders of the High Plains.  Jeff Nunn, President and CEO for Citizens Bank, serves on the West Texas A&M University Foundation Board and has been instrumental in supporting both the College of Business and the University.  “WT and the College of Business are part of the Citizens Bank family and we are so happy to be able to have our name on the Citizens Bank Open Access Computer Laboratory.  We are dedicated to the future of our region and supporting the College of Business, its students, faculty and staff, helps us ensure a strong workforce and community for years to come.”

This summer Bank of America named Classroom Center ITV Room 227 as a part of their support for the College of Business.  Room 227 in the Classroom Center now has upgraded features to the physical room and an endowment to support the long-run maintenance.  “I want to thank both the regional and national leadership of Bank of America for this investment in our students and the future of our program,” Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the College of Business, said.  Bank of America, an international banking leader has a long history in the panhandle.   They have long supported the College of Business at West Texas A&M by hiring graduates, providing scholarship funding, and serving the College’s constituents.  Ashley Allen, Amarillo Market President for Bank of America, has been instrumental in supporting both the College of Business and the University.  “We are proud to support West Texas A&M as it educates the future leaders of tomorrow,” said Allen.

A unique addition to the business school environment is the Leonardo Nierman art collection provided by Mabel Riley Jones and Friends of the College of Business.  Leonardo Nierman was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1932.  He completed a bachelor’s in business administration at the National Autonomous University of Mexico while pursuing art and music as hobbies.  He began his formal art career when he convinced the dean of the business school to allow him to paint a mural at the department’s auditorium in 1956.  Nierman quickly developed a reputation as a leader in Latin American abstract art after exhibitions in Mexico City and Washington, D.C. in 1959.  Important aspects in his work include elements of nature such as wind, water, and lightning combined with the tonalities, rhythms, high-intensity areas, and resting areas associated with music.  His prolific career includes over 100 international exhibitions and over 60 international recognitions.  His work is in numerous collections around the world, including the Vatican, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Museum of Modern Art in Israel, and the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City.  The Nierman collection on display at West Texas A&M University comprises:

Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship by Nierman (1990)
  • Ghost Ship by Leonardo Nierman, 1990 (Oil on Board)
  • Birth of Lightning, 1992 (Oil on board)
  • Firebird, 1968 (Oil on board)
  • Cityscape, 1967 (Oil on board)
  • Springtime, 1975 (Oil on board)
  • Autumn Wind, 1982 (Oil on board)
  • Autumn Magic Flight, 1975 (Oil on board)
  • Love: Of Man and Woman, 1970 (Bronze statue) – Lobby
  • Storm at Sea, 1967 (Acrylic on board) – Lobby