February 05, 2010

Davis Gift Establishes Entrepreneur-in-Residence Position

With a generous commitment of $1.5 million by Barry and Antoinette Davis, the Neeley School of Business at TCU has established The Davis Family Entrepreneur-in-Residence position to support the ongoing programs of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center (www.nec.tcu.edu) and the entrepreneurial initiatives of the TCU Energy Institute (www.energyinstitute.tcu.edu). The Davis Family Entrepreneur-in-Residence will be held by Brad Hancock, Director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center and a successful business leader experienced with entrepreneurship and innovation. 

“This significant commitment to our entrepreneurship program affirms that the Neeley School – as well as the TCU Energy Institute – is an excellent place to receive a business education that provides direct access to experienced business people,” said O. Homer Erekson, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School. “I am pleased to have Brad Hancock as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Not only does he bring his own experience as a successful business owner, Brad is a very popular teacher who actively supports the ongoing success of our entrepreneurship students.”

David Minor, immediate past director of the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center, added: “We are excited about the prospects for innovative entrepreneurial initiatives as we work closely with the new TCU Energy Institute, and the Davis family’s gift will help forge collaboration between our academic centers.”

Barry Davis, who earned his BBA in Finance from the Neeley School, is Chairman, President and CEO of the Crosstex Energy Companies (www.crosstexenergy.com) and has more than 20 years of experience in the natural gas industry. In addition to Crosstex, he serves on the boards of various industry, civic, and ministry organizations including the National Petroleum Council, Leadership Network, and Kidlinks Foundation. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Antoinette (May) Davis is a proud TCU alumnae who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science in Communications from TCU.

Providing resources to support higher education is a noble goal and the couple believes alumni should play a role in funding programs, if possible. Barry and Antoinette Davis noted: “We are blessed to be able to support an institution that has impacted us in a great way. We look for very special outcomes from the Neeley School and the TCU Energy Institute and the partnership between entrepreneurship and energy at TCU.”

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