Goolsby Leadership Endowment
Investing in tomorrow’s leaders can yield immediate payback. That’s a benefit Fort Worth-based BNSF Railway realized through its support of UT Arlington’s Goolsby Leadership Academy, a rigorous two-year program for about 60 junior and senior business majors. Academy scholars enhance their business education by taking specialized courses and participating in activities that enhance leadership skills. BNSF Railway has been a longtime supporter of the academy and regularly recruits its students for internships and entry-level positions. The company’s most recent gift to the academy will create an early development program to include freshmen and sophomores. With matches from the Maverick Match program and the College of Business, the $300,000 gift eventually will become a $900,000 endowment. “Supporting an institution dedicated to preparing future business leaders in North Texas is a natural for BNSF Railway,” says BNSF Foundation President John Ambler, at right with BNSF employees and academy alumni Christopher Ballenger ’06, ’10 and Farah Lawler ’06. “We have a number of Goolsby Leadership Academy alumni working at BNSF who continually demonstrate refined leadership skills and admirable character. We can say firsthand that the Goolsby Leadership Academy is an outstanding and much-needed institution we are proud to support.” In 2007 BNSF Railway established a $500,000 endowed scholarship for the academy.