Jack E. Brown
Thanks to Jack E. Brown, Midland College students have a beautiful dining hall. Dedicated in September of 2001, the building was one of many contributions from Brown, a longtime benefactor. The dining hall has 10,784 square feet and seats more than 300 people. The building also houses the MC Foundation Board Room and an additional meeting room. "This facility is a symbol of Midland, and I love Midland," Mr. Brown said at the dedication of the dining hall.
Mr. Brown joined the Midland College Foundation Board in 1987. To honor the contributions of Mr. Brown and his longtime business partner, Cy Wagner, the Fine Arts Auditorium in the Allison Fine Arts Building was renamed the Wagner & Brown Auditorium in 1992.
Mr. Brown was born in Brownsville, raised in San Antonio and graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in mechanical and pertoleum engineering. Mr. Brown met Mr. Wagner in Midland in 1962 when they were employed by J.E. Jones Drilling. They pooled their resources to form a company that came to be known as Wagner and Brown, Ltd. with exploration and productions interests in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Michigan, Kansas, Wyoming and Mississippi. Diversifying over the years, the company has been involved in natural gas gathering and marketing; crude oil purchasing and reselling; pipeline development, construction and operation; real estate development; and the design, manufacturing and sale of energy industry products and equipment.
Among the honors bestowed on Mr. Brown are the Top Hand Award from the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, and induction to the Petroleum Museum's Hall of Fame. The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved the naming of its new chemical engineering facility after Mr. Brown.