Opportunity of a Lifetime
Phil Canfield, BBA ’89, knows a good investment when he sees one.
As a managing director at private equity firm GTCR, he explores ventures in high-growth industries like media and technology. But he says there are even better opportunities out there.
“The highest ROI investment you can make is creating access for students to get great educations,” he says. His own story makes the case. “When I went to The University of Texas in the 80s, my tuition was less than $1,000 a year. And the Business Honors Program gave me all the fundamental skills I needed to launch a multi-decade career as a private equity investor.
“That was an investment that the university, the McCombs School of Business and BHP made in me, and I feel like it’s time for the university to get a dividend on that investment.”
“This is just another indication of what the McCombs education means to our alumni. Giving is more than dollars — it’s personal, and it really means something. Phil and Mary Beth’s gift has been making a difference since the minute they gave it.”
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