Buc-ee’s founder donates $50 million to alma mater Texas A&M

Arch “Beaver” Aplin III graduated from Texas A&M in 1980 the place he earned a building science diploma. He opened his first Buc-ee’s in Lake Jackson in 1982.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Buc-ee’s founder, Arch “Beaver” Aplin III, has determined to give again to his alma mater in a significant means.

The fuel station extraordinaire has gifted Texas A&M University with $50 million to build a hospitality entrepreneurship program that can function an immersive studying laboratory for college students.

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“We want to create a learning, gathering space on the A&M campus that exemplifies hospitality,” Aplin stated. “A place where people come together. A place where the Aggie culture can thrive – a happy place.”

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The space might be known as the Aplin Center. It is predicted to present college students with:

  • New college applications in hospitality, retail research and meals product improvement involving modern diploma applications together with viticulture, fermentation processes, espresso, and meals science. 
  • House product improvement laboratories and meals tasting facilities, which might be utilized in partnership with associated industries.
  • Outdoor and indoor scholar leisure space, in addition to retail and meals service areas managed by college students and college via the tutorial applications.
  • Corporate coaching and recruiting applications, together with skilled improvement alternatives. 

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Texas A&M President Dr. M. Katherine Banks has had a imaginative and prescient of a world-class hospitality entrepreneurship program and Aplin stated that is “just what Texas A&M needs and I’m proud to have an opportunity to be involved.”

Aplin earned a building science diploma from A&M in 1980 and opened his first Buc-ee’s in Lake Jackson, Texas, two years after graduation. 

His $50 million contribution to build the Aplin Center is likely one of the largest presents A&M has obtained from a single donor.

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