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Mays moves up in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2016 ranking of best full-time MBA programs in the U.S.

Kelli R. Levey, November 17th, 2016

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The Mays Full-Time MBA Program at Mays Business School ranked 18th overall and 4th among public schools in the “Best full-time MBA programs” rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek. The placement was up from last year’s ranking of 22nd overall and 8th among public schools.

The rankings were based on data for the class that graduated in December 2015 and from feedback from students who graduated between 2008 and 2010. Former students ranked the Mays program favorably – 13th out of 81 programs ranked. Mays also fared well in the employer and job placement categories.

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Three former students were recently honored at the Mays College’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards. John T. Eubanks of Grapevine and Larry Levine and John V. McNevin, both of Houston, were chosen because of outstanding contributions in their professional careers and exemplary service to their communities, said Dean Benton Cocanougher.

Eubanks, who received a BBA in Accounting 1962, is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Mesco Metal Buildings, a manufacturer and builder of engineered metal building systems and components. Receiving his BBA in Management in 1971, Levine is president of Levcor, Inc., a full service real estate development company, and of Levtex Hotel Ventures, a developer of shopping centers and office buildings. McNevin received his BBA in 1973 and MBA in 1974 and is the founder and chairman of EnFORM Technology, a high-tech consulting firm.

Categories: Donors Corner, Former Students

Unlike the twenty-something characters on the popular “Real World” television show, Mays College graduate students realize challenges await them upon commencement. To help ease the transition of entering, or often re-entering, the workforce, the college’s Graduate Business Career Services recently hosted its annual career conference. Unlike typical career fairs, the conference used a roundtable format, matching a handful of students with representatives from a particular company for a 45-minute discussion.

“Students like the fact that the conference provides a more casual atmosphere, and they are more comfortable asking questions and discussing job opportunities,” said Kaci Yates, coordinator of this year’s conference. Yates said representatives from more than 30 companies and approximately 300 students attended the two-day event, which was held in Reed Arena.

Categories: Departments, Students

Thanks to the generous support of Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte, 75 undergraduate and graduate distinguished business students are pursing their educational through the Mitte Scholarship Program. The Mittes were recently honored at a reception and dinner by the college, which featured entertainment by the Texas A&M Singing Cadets. The 2000 Mitte Scholars were also recognized during the program for their academic achievements.

Categories: Donors Corner, Texas A&M

Representatives of Ford Motor Company recently visited Texas A&M, meeting some of the Mays College’s brightest students. Undergraduate and graduate students in the Ford Scholars Program were on hand to greet representatives from Ford Motor Company and acknowledge the company’s generous support of their academic pursuits in the college. Members of Ford’s team visiting the college included: Carlos E. Mazzorin, group vice president of global purchasing and South America; Chuck Maitland, director of manufacturing; Linda Plawecki, purchasing manager; Candy Chatawanich, body structures engineer; Alberto Piccone, purchasing manager; and Denny Igun, recruiting account manager.

Through a recent partnership with the college, the Ford Scholars Program was established to recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements. Thanks to the collaboration, the Mays College also established the Ford Motor Company Chair in Consumerism/E-Commerce/E-Business, the Ford Faculty Fellowship and the Ford Excellence Fund.

Categories: Donors Corner, Texas A&M

Graduates of the Mays MBA program are getting more bang for their buck, according to a recent issue of Business Week. The magazine’s “Best B-Schools” issue ranked the MBA program as having the best return on investment, or ROI, particularly when it comes to careers in marketing. Figures released in the biennial rankings show that Mays MBA graduates who chose careers in marketing could earn back their educational investment faster than graduates of any other U.S. business schools. The program was also touted as having the sixth fastest payback for MBAs, regardless of career choice, as compared to other programs nationwide.

“Texas A&M has relatively low tuition costs, especially for Texas residents,” said Dan H. Robertson, director of the MBA program. “Students who choose Mays for their MBA can potentially leverage a modest investment into a very attractive starting salary.”

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David M. Szymanski has been appointed director of the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) by Dean Benton Cocanougher. Szymanski served as associate director of the CRS from 1997-2000 under founding director Leonard L. Berry. Szymanski, a professor of marketing and retailing, has been recognized by the Mays College as the Outstanding Researcher in 1993 and received the Association of Former Students’ Outstanding Teacher Award for the Mays College of Business in 1994. The CRS was created in 1983 as a liaison between the academic and business communities.


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The real-world focused Mays Executive MBA Program is proving to be a hot commodity at a host of Fortune 500 companies. The modular and integrated curriculum program – one of the few MBA programs of its type in the nation — is generating a high degree of interest, noted John Dinkel, director of the program and associate dean for graduate studies.

“More than twice as many applications were received for the available positions this fall,” Dinkel said. “We’ve literally been overwhelmed. In fact, we’re already reviewing applications for the class starting in August 2001.”

Aimed at mature professionals with significant and progressive managerial experience, the Executive MBA Program provides knowledge participants can immediately use on their jobs, Dinkel emphasized, noting that their companies have been highly supportive.

Visit the Executive MBA Program’s Web site at http://emba.tamu.edu for more information.

Categories: Departments, Faculty

Key positions within the college have been filled, including naming Ricky Griffin executive associate dean. Griffin, who joined Texas A&M in 1981, formerly served as department head in the Department of Management and director for the Center for Human Resource Management. He is the Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Management.

Angelo DeNisi replaces Griffin as the department head in the Department of Management. DeNisi, who joined Texas A&M in 1997, also serves as the director for the Center for Human Resource Management. He is the B. Marie Oth Professor of Management.

In addition, Clair Nixon has been named associate dean of the Mays College. Nixon will oversee the college’s undergraduate programs, information technology, and communications. He also is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Excellence Professor.

Categories: Departments, Faculty, Staff

The Business Student Council recently held its semi-annual Business Career Fair, bringing the state and nation’s top businesses to the Texas A&M campus.

The Fall 2000 Business Career Fair kicked off with a reception on Sept. 18 and ran through Sept. 21. More than 160 companies were on hand to meet with business students over the three-day event, with approximately 60 companies exhibiting each day. By bringing prospective employers into the Wehner Building, business students had an opportunity to interview for internships and full-time employment, distribute their résumés, and gather information about various companies.

“I think the career fair was very successful this year. The companies were very pleased with the number of students who attended and were impressed by the quality of students,” said Nicholas Schoolar, a senior finance major and vice president of the career fair.

“The students were able to walk through the halls of Wehner and learn about a wide range of companies, from banking and accounting firms to retailers and technology companies. A lot of students also went to the reception, which allowed them to talk to the recruiters on a more informal level.”

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