Alumni Board Honors Zuhair Khan as Inaugural Rising Star Leadership Award Recipient

The McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board is proud to announce Zuhair Khan, a Business Honors/Finance/History Senior, as the inaugural recipient of the Rising Star Leadership Award.  Khan was recognized for his achievements at the Honors Day ceremony on April 9th and will join the Board in the fall.


Khan has been an officer in five McCombs student organizations, is a member of the Friar Society, and is the host of “Austin’s Green Business,” a weekly radio show.  Khan also works as a researcher in the Center for Business, Technology & Law and spent a semester conducting research in Kolkata, India.   In recognition of his achievements, Khan was recently selected as a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.


Shelley Nix, Associate Director of the Business Honors Program, added, “What separates Zuhair Khan from other students is his passion for making McCombs the best undergraduate business school.”  Khan’s peers describe him as having a tireless work ethic, an unending reservoir of energy, and a genuine passion about everything he does.  The Board saw Khan as having the right combination of perspective and humility to impact many generations of McCombs students and alumni.


“The Board created the award because we wanted to honor a truly outstanding student and to further strengthen the ties between the McCombs program and its alumni” said award presenter and Board member Adam Blum (BBA, Business Honors/MPA 2006) in his speech at Honors Day.  Blum continued, “We wanted to find the next young alumni leader – the next Rising Star – and bring this person onto our Board.”


McCombs Dean Thomas W. Gilligan remarked that “the creation of this award is an outstanding and momentous contribution from our dedicated alumni board which continues to make a meaningful impact on the McCombs community.”


About the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board

The McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board leads a network of 67,000 McCombs alums, one of the largest alumni bases of any business program in the world.  The Board oversees strategic initiatives at McCombs, encourages alumni involvement and giving, and strives to make the MPA and undergraduate experience better for current and future students.  The Board is comprised of 27 members, who are leaders in the business world throughout North America and who each have a passion to give back and make McCombs a better place.  Current initiatives of the Board include fundraising for the BBA Endowed Excellence Fund and administering the Rising Star Award for outstanding young alumni, which will be presented in the fall. 


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Attached photo from Honors Day ceremony on April 9th, 2010 (from left to right):

McCombs Dean Thomas W. Gilligan, 2010 Rising Star Leadership Award recipient Zuhair Khan and McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board member and award presenter Adam Blum (BBA, Business Honors/MPA 2006)

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