Mays Business School added directors this week: David Perryman as the Communications Director and Patti Urbina as the new Full-Time MBA Director.
Perryman received his bachelors’ degree in English at Wesleyan University in 1987 and his master’s in English at Southern Methodist University in May 1994. He has held marketing and communications positions at top companies and educational institutions, including SMU Cox School of Business, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Harland Clark, USAA and EDS.
Most recently, Perryman was Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and Co-Director of Residency Communications Skills at UT Health Science Center. He was responsible for overseeing all communications, programs, fund-raising and events for the university’s Alumni Association and for teaching the Residency Communications Skills elective for fourth-year medical students.
Perryman brings a variety of marketing skills with him to Mays, including writing, editing, communication plan development, public relations, advertising, branding and event management. He has published articles in Newsweek, Dallas Business Journal and DallasCEO as well as a history book, Big B in Big D: A History of Business in Dallas County (Dallas Historical Society, 2009).
“As a native Texan who has worked in the University of Texas System and at the SMU Cox School of Business, I have great respect for Texas A&M and the Mays Business School,” he explains. “The Mays brand has always stood for smart, hard-working students who are highly sought after by employers, faculty who combine great teaching with internationally renowned scholarship, and an unmatched alumni network of business leaders.”
Perryman says he wants to help guide and enhance the messages Mays generates.
“Through consistent, credible, and compelling marketing and communications, we will continue to strengthen the ties that connect the Mays Business School’s various constituencies; articulate our unique value proposition to prospective students, faculty, and recruiters; and bolster the Mays brand in the media and marketplace.”
Urbina has been with Texas A&M for more than 20 years and has a breadth of educational and professional experience from across the campus. She holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M in History with a Management minor and is an alumnus of the undergraduate Study Abroad Program. Urbina says she is eager to be joining the Mays team.
Associate Dean For Graduate Programs Mary Lea McAnally, says she is thrilled to have Urbina on her team. “She brings a depth of experience that will greatly benefit the program,” she said. “She will be an asset from day one.”
Previously, Urbina was with the Provost’s Office coordinating the academic assessment process. Prior to that role, she served as Director of the Qatar Support Office for the Texas A&M University at Qatar campus. She served as chief liaison between the main campus and branch campus to support academic, human resources and student support activities.
Urbina brings strong leadership skills in external relations with industry and international academic partnership development. She is passionate about globalization and lifelong learning and has professional experience in 20 countries across the globe, including China, Qatar, Argentina, Mexico and France.
Above all, Urbina focuses on connecting with other people. “The most important things to me are the personal and professional relationship we build in our programs,” says Urbina. “I am most proud to have worked with students, industry professionals and faculty. I believe my experience working with and supporting all types of people has prepared me well for this new role.”
About Mays Business School
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,000 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.