That little law school in downtown Fort Worth just got a tremendous boost — and a lesson in what it can be like to be part of a big family.
Some of those family members are able to help make good things happen.
The Texas A&M system bought the Texas Wesleyan School of Law less than a year ago — on Aug. 12, to be exact. Now a very successful attorney and A&M regent, Tony Buzbee of Houston, has given the new school its first big endowment gift: $1 million.
The Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chair will be used by the law school’s incoming dean to assist in hiring new faculty members and expanding academic programs.
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Buzbee says he hopes he’s starting a trend.
“What I’m hoping to do is encourage other Aggies to give money to the law school because we are going to need a healthy endowment for all the things we want to do,” he told Star-Telegram reporter Monica S. Nagy.
He’s right about that.
For example, it’s logical to assume that Aggies might want their law school one day to be at least as big and have as many resources as the University of Texas Law School.
The UT school, in Austin, has a huge head start. It is supported in part by its alumni through the University of Texas Law School Foundation, established in 1952.
The UT School of Law currently lists its endowment at more than $150 million, according to its website.
That’s OK. In Fort Worth, the journey toward $150 million can start with $1 million.
Buzbee seems pretty sure there will be more coming, noting that “there are a lot of Aggies in Texas.”
He wants his gift to “set an example for a lot of other Aggie lawyers out there to give some money.”