From Assistant Dean Tina Mabley to the future Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2016.
Congratulations! I want to welcome you to the newest class of Texas MBA students. As an alumna (class of 1998) and assistant dean of the Texas Full-Time MBA program, I am very passionate about our school and what I think makes it a great place to get your MBA.
After seeing all of your #WhyTexas responses on social media, I began to reflect on my own favorite reasons to be a part of this special program, and here they are:
Our students and alumni – There are many things that have changed and developed since I was in school in the 1990s, but the spirit of our student body has always remained the same. It is a “leave the place better than you found it” group of people who work to improve whatever they get involved in.
Our faculty – Our faculty members are experts in their field who bring their theory to practice. They are also an integral part of our community. They are engaged and accessible and many professors continue to advise our alumni in their future endeavors.
Our size – With four cohorts of 65-70 people, our class size is big enough to offer many leadership opportunities for students but small enough to feel like you get to know your class, as well as the classes ahead of and behind you.
Our city – Austin is more than a “cool city”; it is a great place to go to graduate school. You will see the Austin community woven into everything we do at McCombs, from hands-on opportunities with small, medium, and large local companies to the vibrant start-up ecosystem that helps launch student ideas to opportunities to have an impact with our local not-for-profit community. As a Boston transplant, I love that Austin is still trying to decide if it is a small college town or a booming city. The dichotomy is endearing and makes it a great place to live, work, and play. It is also an accessible and welcoming community for significant others and families.
Our women – Our Texas MBA women are inspiring. Our women MBAs take on many student organization leadership positions at the school and have a strong impact on the initiatives that come out of our program. In the past four years, two of our student body presidents have been women, including our current GBC President, Maureen McCaffery. We are committed to developing women who will be thoughtful, dynamic, and impactful leaders.
As I travel and meet our alumni around the world, I am proud of the extraordinary paths of my fellow Texas MBAs, and I hope that you will choose to become a part of this tradition of exceptional leaders. Imagine what you can do with two years in school to explore, learn, and grow.
Again, congratulations on your acceptance into the Texas MBA program! I look forward to seeing you on campus and am happy to be a resource for you as you make your final decision to join the Texas MBA Class of 2016.