NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents approved the naming of two areas in the McGee Business Building during the recent quarterly meeting.

The Gerald and Candy Schlief Lobby on the first floor of the building was named in honor of longtime SFA supporters Jerry and Candy Schlief. Jerry received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and served as an innovative leader in the independent oil and gas industry in Houston and internationally. He has served on the SFA Foundation Board of Trustees since 2008 and currently serves as chair.

The Schliefs were inducted into the Stephen F. Austin Society in 2006 for their generous gifts to the university, including funds supporting the Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy in perpetuity, as well as the Gerald and Candace Schlief Tennis Complex.

“The Schliefs’ phenomenal support of SFA truly makes a direct impact in the lives of our students,” said Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president. “Their investment in SFA helps ensure the success of our mission to advance academic excellence in a learner-centered environment.”

Regents also approved the naming of the dean’s suite on the first floor of the McGee Business Building as the Jimmy D. Berry Dean’s Suite. Berry is an ’85 graduate of SFA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and has distinguished himself as a partner and vice chairman for Deloitte & Touche LLP.

“Mr. Berry has been instrumental in creating the successful partnership between SFA and Deloitte, engaging graduates employed at the company while encouraging their lifetime support of SFA’s accounting program,” Gordon said.

Berry’s Deloitte colleagues – and fellow SFA alums – Jason Downing, Julie Winger, Sam Loughry, John England and Mark Layton worked with Berry to make the gifts to the Nelson Rusche College of Business in honor of his recent retirement.

The McGee Business Building serves as the home of SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business.

Regents approved a request from the Student Publications Office to honor the former president of SFA and assist students serving on the Stone Fort yearbook staff.

A $25,000 quasi-endowment with funds generated from the sale of yearbooks will fund awards of the Dr. Baker Pattillo Memorial Stone Fort Yearbook Scholarship to full-time students serving on the yearbook staff.

“A scholarship committee will select recipients with the approval of the vice president for student affairs and the executive vice president for academic affairs,” said Dr. Brandon Frye, SFA vice president for student affairs.

The Construction Management Advisory Committee also was established by regents. The committee serves as a bridge between the construction management program and the community and offers advice and support for the initiatives of the program.

Regents acknowledged receipt of the audit services report and also approved:

•      curriculum changes
•      the fall 2021 budget
•      grant awards totaling $15,497,274
•      policy revisions
•      and the minutes of previous meetings.

Regents heard reports from President Gordon; Brian Uriegas, chair of the Faculty Senate; and Lauren Roach, the president of the Student Government Association.

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