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Lowry Mays, 2000

MaysL. Lowry Mays serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Clear Channel Communications Inc., a global leader in the broadcasting and advertising industry.

Mr. Mays started his career in 1962 with investment firm Russ & Company in San Antonio, Texas, as senior vice president of corporate finance. In 1972 he formed Clear Channel Communications when, through his position as an investment banker, he was left with a financially troubled radio station. Today, Clear Channel Communications operates radio and television stations and outdoor displays in 32 countries. Including announced transactions, Clear Channel operates 1,170 radio stations and 19 television stations in the United States and has equity interest in over 240 radio stations internationally. Clear Channel also operates more than 700,000 outdoor advertising displays. Additionally, in 2000, Clear Channel produced over 25,000 shows and events.

In addition to his executive role, Mr. Mays is active in a variety of professional and civic activities. He has been in leadership roles with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce as well as serving a second term with the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents among many others.

He is past chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Joint Board. A dedicated San Antonian, Mr. Mays has served his community as chairman of the 1995 United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Campaign. He was inducted in the Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame in 1997 and was most recently honored as the San Antonio World Affairs Council's International Citizen of the Year.

In October 1998, he received the National Association of Broadcasters prestigious National Radio Award, and was named "Executive of the Year" by Radio Ink Magazine.

Additionally, in November 1999, he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame.

Mr. Mays' philanthropy includes a generous gift to this college which was recognized in perpetuity by naming it the Mays Business School.

Mr. Mays holds a M.B.A. from Harvard University and a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University.

He and his wife Peggy have four children and ten grandchildren.