Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Successful Campaign Comes To An End As King Ranch Institute Garners $1 Million Gift

KINGSVILLE - February 26, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Texas AgFinance provides final gift to establish ranching certificate program

A $1 million gift from Texas AgFinance, based in Robstown, put the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management’s capital campaign over the top in just four years. The institute, located at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, has raised $10.4 million since it was established four years ago in the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.

The gift from Texas AgFinance will be used to create the Texas AgFinance Certificate in Advanced Ranch Management aimed at ranchers who want to expand their managerial skills to keep up with the ever-changing ranching industry.

“The ranch manager of the 21st century manages a myriad of resources and business interests including energy, recreation, pollution mitigation, water, consumptive and non- consumptive wildlife management and food production,” said Dr. Barry Dunn, executive director of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

“Every now and then an opportunity comes along that allows an organization to do something that is far greater than what is expected – an opportunity that will allow the organization to be a part of identifying itself with future generations in agriculture and allow us to have a permanent footprint in the future of agriculture,” said Jimmy Wright, president and chief executive officer of Texas AgFinance. “Such an opportunity presented itself to us in the certificate in advanced ranch management program.

“It is wonderful to see such a generous outpouring of support from such a wide range of individuals and foundations,” said Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juárez, university president. “Funding for the institute was initiated by King Ranch Inc. and the extended King Ranch family stood behind the program as well. In addition, monetary support came from varied entities in and around the ranching industry.”

The institute was created in conjunction with the people at King Ranch Inc. who started off the fundraising campaign with donations of $3 million, $1 million each from The Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, the James H. Clement Sr. Family and King Ranch Inc.

“King Ranch was built on ranching innovation and a commitment and determination to succeed,” said James H. Clement Jr., chairman of the board, King Ranch Inc. and the institute’s
management council. “We believe there is no better way to live up to that legacy than to invest in the future of American ranching.”

Cina Forgason, management council member, was the capital campaign chairperson.

The King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management currently has seven students working toward the only master’s degree in ranch management offered in the world. In addition to regular classes, the students attend the annual symposium on excellence in ranch management, funded each year by Peter and Julianna Holt.

Other major contributors include Dr. Richard G. Sugden, the Yarborough Family, the Burnett Foundation, Patsy and Charlie Winn, Joe Marline Hilliard, Lee and Ramona Bass, Mary Lewis Kleberg, the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Erik and Lisa Hanson, Farm Management Co., Superior Energy, ExxonMobil and J.A. “Tony” Canales.

For more information on the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, call 361-593-5401 or visit the website at krirm.tamuk.edu.

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