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McCoys receive Texas State President's Excellence Award

Date of Release: 02/24/2006

SAN MARCOS—Texas State University-San Marcos President Denise M. Trauth has presented the university’s President’s Excellence Award to Emmett and Miriam McCoy of San Marcos.

In 2004, the McCoys made the largest philanthropic gift to Texas State in the university’s history -- $20 million to enhance programs in business administration. In return, the university named its College of Business Administration the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration.

The McCoys sitting together wearing their medals
Emmett and Miriam McCoy of San Marcos were awarded the Texas State University-San Marcos President's Excellence Award by Texas State President Denise M. Trauth. In 2004, the McCoys donated $20 million to Texas State and the university's McCoy College of Business Administration is named in their honor.

Emmett and Miriam McCoy Hall – a new building on the Texas State campus that will house the McCoy College – has also been named in their honor. The university will begin holding classes there this summer.

Trauth presented the award to the McCoys following a special guided tour of the new facility Thursday, Feb. 23.

Emmett McCoy is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of McCoy’s Building Supply Centers. The McCoys have been married for 60 years.

In presenting the award, Trauth said, “These two wonderful people have blessed Texas State University with their generosity and have transformed our campus. They have allowed us to name this building and the College of Business Administration for them, and that is a true gift.”

Trauth thanked the McCoys for lending their name to the college and the new building that will house it.

“The McCoy name brings with it a respected prestige and recognition that few colleges enjoy. The McCoy name is synonymous with hard work, ethics, character and integrity – the same characteristics that we seek to instill in our students,” she said.

The President’s Excellence Award is the highest award the President of Texas State can give. It has been awarded 23 times in the university’s history. The presentation to the McCoys was the first time Trauth had bestowed the honor.

Texas State’s McCoy College of Business Administration includes the departments of Accounting, Computer Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, Finance and Economics, Management and Marketing. It is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.