Kim Austin

Director, Mays Graduate Career Management Center


Kim Austin is a seasoned leader of university career management centers. In September 2014, she joined Texas A&M University as director of Mays Business School’s Career Management Center serving more than 1000 graduate business students in the MS and MBA programs.

Prior to joining Mays, Austin served as the executive director of career management for the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  There she led strategic initiatives that resulted in a 32% increase in graduate employment rates, implementation of a career management curriculum and required coursework for all programs including BBA, MS and MBA, and more than doubled the amount of on-campus recruiting activity for all programs during her four year tenure. Before joining SMU, Austin served eight years as the director of career services at Brigham Young University’s Hawaii campus. She was hired there to develop a globally-focused career center catering to the almost 50% international student population at the campus.  That role ranged from establishing a campus career center to scouting potential career opportunities and developing relationships with employers/recruiters in countries ranging from Tonga to Japan to Mongolia and beyond.  Before the stint in Hawaii, Kim worked in China for over 4 years as a trainer/educator for the Foreign Affairs College, the diplomatic training school operated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China.  Prior to that she spent more than 10 years as a strategist and marketing executive in the health care industry, primarily with the Baylor Healthcare System, as well as earlier stints in the government sector and the apparel industry.  Austin holds a Master degree in education and a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of North Texas. In addition, she is a graduate of the Executive Program in Health Care Administration at The Ohio State University.

Throughout her career, Austin has been involved in preparing and mentoring students and early professionals for employability and career progression.  She is a certified Job and Career Transition Coach and is authorized to administer and interpret the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory assessment tools. In addition, she has completed the Society for Human Resources Management essentials of human resources management courses. She has led training seminars and workshop and served on professional association committees both in the U.S. and abroad.  She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoAce), the National Career Development Association (NCDA), the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the BYU Management Society and the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA).

Kim is an avid football fan and particularly enjoys Texas high school football—any team, any time, any where. She is also a family history research buff and enjoys traveling all over the globe.