Paul and Jane Meyer have created a transformational impact at Baylor University. The Meyers have adopted this institution as their own, and they have shared a long-term dedication to this University’s mission of educating men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Their investment here has resulted in opened doors and brightened futures for generations of Baylor students.
Paul and Jane Meyer’s roots run deep at Baylor University. Paul and Jane have celebrated over a dozen graduations of their family members from Baylor University – comprising two generations of Meyer children and grandchildren – with more grandchildren currently enrolled and the expectation for even more grandchildren and great grandchildren to continue that tradition. The Meyers’ commitment to excellent higher education, though, did not end with their family.
Paul had a heart for the students of Baylor University. One of his great joys in life was spending time with students, encouraging them in their pursuit of a degree and their calling in life. Many times, Paul was invited to speak to classes at the Hankamer School of Business, and he loved the opportunity this time gave him to speak with students, mentoring, sharing his wisdom and motivating them to reach their full potential. It was a common occurrence for Paul to bring along a stack of his books that he could give away to students, making sure they had the tools they needed to succeed.
Through the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation, Paul and Jane established endowed funds that have provided full scholarships for more than 125 Baylor graduates – a number which will continue to grow. The Foundation created Passport to Success in 1988 with an initial contribution of $8,000,000. The students who have benefited from these scholarships have graduated and gone on to become teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, social workers, and other professionals.
Paul and Jane also established the following named scholarships and endowed funds to honor their friends and family while also supporting Baylor’s students, staff and faculty:
- The Paul J. Meyer Sr. Scholarship
- The Charlie McCleary Endowed Athletic Fund in Tennis
- The William M. Hinson Endowed Chair in Christian Scriptures at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary
- The Paul J. Meyer Christian Leadership in Business Endowment Fund
- The Dr. Delton L. Chesser Passport to Success Accounting Scholarship, established to aid Baylor accounting students and to honor Paul’s longtime friend and Baylor professor of accounting for almost 25 years
- The Dr. J. Clifton Williams Endowed Scholarship for the George W. Truett Theological Seminary
- The Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Fund, named after Paul’s mother
- The Gladys Hudson Scholarship Fund, named after a former Baylor English lecturer who served in several of the Meyer companies
Paul and Jane Meyer have sought out other opportunities to support Baylor’s students, staff and faculty through their generosity. A transformational gift from the Foundation created the Paul and Jane Meyer Conference Center within the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation. The Paul J. Meyer Arena at the Ferrell Center was named in Paul’s honor for his support in its construction. Paul and Jane also donated a building for an athletic residence hall to serve the University’s student-athletes.
The Meyers chose to honor Paul’s longtime friend and pastor, Bill Hinson, who encouraged Paul to found his first company, Success Motivation Institute, by creating and naming the William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary with a $1.5 million gift that will provide compensation for a professor to teach the Christian scriptures “from now until the Lord comes again.” Dr. Hinson, who came to Baylor on a football scholarship, not only graduated from Baylor in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in religion, but also later served as a special assistant to former Baylor President, Dr. Herbert Reynolds from 1986-1989.
Throughout his life, Paul J. Meyer prayerfully looked for ways to lift up others. Nowhere was this calling more evident than through his generosity at Baylor University. Through Paul and Jane’s investment, generations of Baylor students have seen doors opened as they worked to fulfill God’s calling on their lives.