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Dean Eli Jones coaches fellow deans on fund-raising at national conference

Kelli Levey Reynolds, January 12th, 2018

Mays Dean Eli Jones stepped up to teach his fellow deans from around the United States and Canada on advanced fund-raising techniques. He was one of two deans invited to lead sessions for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s Advanced Development for Deans and Academic Leaders conference, held Jan. 10-12 in Philadelphia. More than 100 academic leaders from the U.S. and Canada attended.

Jones drew from his experience as a three-time dean – at Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, and Louisiana State University – to teach skills such as how to develop targeted strategies for programs and how to enhance relationships with donors.

“Among other subjects, I talked about our Strategic Plan and the grassroots process we used to gain buy-in; the strong support of our incredible donors and how we approach our donor base; and the impact the financial support is having on engaging our faculty, such as the creation of the Mays Innovation Research Center,” he said.

In the two years since Jones began leading Mays, the school has

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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