The Alkek Foundation provides one million dollars for the renovation of an office building

Funds for the Albert B. Alkek Building it includes redesigning the space for learning and acquiring new technology

Students and teaching staff talk in the atrium of the Alkek building.
Students and faculty collaborate in the atrium of the Albert B. Alkek Building.

University of St. Mary’s has received nearly $8.7 million from the couple, their corporation and foundation over the years. Albert B. Alkek attended St. Mariju and was a member of the Board of Directors.

“The generosity of the Alkek Foundation is felt on the campus of the University of St. Mary for many years. Every academic unit and student we serve has benefited in some way from the Foundation’s support, and we are truly grateful,” said President Thomas M. Mengler, JD “As we continue to enhance the educational experience and learning opportunities for St. students, the Alkek Foundation’s partnership has played a significant role in helping us continue to train successful and ethical leaders.”

In the 1970s, the Alkeks gave themselves a transformative gift by erecting an office building that bears their name. Greehey School of Business Dean Rowena Ortiz-Walters, Ph.D., has prioritized building renovations to provide students with the best possible learning environment.

“As we move forward, we aspire to achieve even greater significance for the Greehey School of Business and professional preparation for our students,” said Ortiz-Walters, who is also a professor of management. “The Alkek Building, home to the Greehey School of Business, is instrumental to our ability to achieve this vision.”

Renovations include redesigning learning spaces, upgrading the student-focused atrium and acquiring new emerging technology.

“The Alkek Foundation is proud to continue the investment of the Alkeks in the University of St. Mary’s,” said Charles A. Williams (MBA ’86), president of the Alkek Foundation. “We believe that by providing this grant to renovate the office building, Saint Mary’s College will soon have a state-of-the-art facility with the most up-to-date tools available to prepare our future leaders with the necessary skills to succeed in this ever-changing world.”

  • An experiential learning lab with flexible workspace and digital interactive tables to encourage student collaboration
  • A career and professional development room where students can discuss internships, jobs and graduate programs
  • A presentation practice room with recording equipment where students can improve their communication and public speaking skills
  • Support area for teaching and mentoring

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