Charley Bussey

Charley Bussey

At least once a day, something will spark a memory of Charley Bussey's years as a TU student. Today, Charley (BS '72) owns Mazie Lumber Company, the business his father began in their hometown of Mazie, Oklahoma.

Charley vividly remembers his first day as a freshman. "I was a kid from the dusty streets of Mazie, and there I was, on a college campus, meeting people from all over the world," he said. "I am so proud I got to go to TU."

His father's death required Charley to leave school often to care for the family business and save money to return. It took seven years to graduate, inspiring his strong dedication to helping others.

In addition to an estate gift to provide endowed scholarships, Charley also supported the construction of H.A. Chapman Stadium.

Daily memories of his years at TU remind Charley that giving back to his alma mater means "other kids from Mayes County" will get their chance to dream, too.