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BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board

BBA-MPA Alumni Advisory Board
The McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board leads a network of 67,000 McCombs alumni, 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 has 28 members, each a leader in the business world throughout North America. Each has a passion to give back and make McCombs a better place. 

Board Nominations


The McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board is open for applications in either May or June of each year. You may submit nominee information here to be notified when this year's application period opens up. Self-nominations are welcome. Once the application process is open, we will contact all nominees in the database. Thanks for helping to make our board better!

2014 Rising Star Leadership Award


The Rising Star Leadership Award is presented to a graduating McCombs BBA or MPA student who has proven an established commitment to service within the McCombs School through (1) outstanding scholarship and achievements and (2) exemplary leadership and community involvement. The recipient demonstrates significant growth potential as a future leader in the McCombs community.

The recipient of this award displays the core values of strong character, an ethical and principled approach to leadership and, most importantly, a genuine interest in making the McCombs School a better place beyond just his or her undergraduate and/or MPA years at the University.

The recipient will work with the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board beginning in the fall of 2014. This award is administered by the Student Interaction Committee of the McCombs BBA/MPA Alumni Advisory Board.

Students interested in applying can find the application here

Chair

Ed Tonkon, BBA '78

At-Large Board Members

Todd Batson, BBA ‘04 Adam Gauvin, MPA '05 Kurt Leedy, BBA '02
Emily Benigno, BBA ’11 Nikki Hanley, BBA ’04 Kenny Liao, BBA ’05
Lisa Blonkvist, BBA ’79 Chris Hardesty, BBA '08 Neal Meadows, MPA ’95
Adam Blum, MPA ’06 Rick Harsch, BBA '81
Patrick Parker, MPA '04
John Bober, MPA ’82 Kyle Herman, BBA '97
Erin Patten, BBA '07
Hank Brenner, BBA '79
Cindy Highlander, BBA ’81
Daron Peschel, BBA '88
Kent Capps, MPA ’99
Son Hong, BBA ’05
Zach Petrone, BBA ’05
Michael Daehne, BBA '12
Elizabeth Horne, BBA ’74 Anne Robillard, BBA ’77
Jeff Duchin, BBA ’98 Kevin Judice, BBA ’80 Chirag Shah, BBA '97, MBA '06
Cathy Flores, BBA ’02
Zuhair Khan, BBA ’10
Melissa Tucker, BBA ’04
Pamela Friedman, BBA '87  Brandi Kleinman, BBA '00 Andrew Vo, BBA ’95

Committees

The BBA/MPA Advisory Board committees are dedicated to fostering the legacy of the McCombs BBA and MPA degrees. These committees welcome participation from all alumni.

Alumni Giving Committee

Chair

Jeff Duchin

Additional Members

Hank Brenner, Chirag Shah, Ed Tonkon, Andrew Vo, and Ashley Weaver

The Giving Committee was created the BBA Alumni Endowed Excellence Fund, which supports student-run and student-led programs, facilitating the McCombs mission of “experiential learning.” Additionally, the committee is dedicated to the education and increased annual participation of alumni, spreading the word on why it’s important for alumni to give.

Chapter Liaison Committee

Chair

Kent Capps

Additional Members

John Bober, Pamela Friedman, Adam Gauvin, Nikki Hanley, Chris Hardesty, and Daron Peschel

The Chapter Liaison Committee works to keep alumni chapters updated on McCombs news and events. They are also responsible for connecting chapter presidents via bimonthly or quarterly conference calls to provide a forum for sharing best practices.

Marketing and Alumni Recognition Committee

Chair

Elizabeth Horne

Additional Members

Lisa Blonkvist, Cindy Highlander, Kevin Judice, Brandi Kleinman, Neal Meadows, Erin Patten, Anne Robillard

This committee is devoted to the recognition of McCombs BBA/MPA alumni and their meaningful achievements. They are responsible for the Rising Star Award given out at the annual Hall of Fame Gala to distinguish these outstanding alumni. They also seek to reach out to companies and create positive corporate relations for McCombs and plan events and campaigns to draw alumni back to the school.

Student Interaction Committee

Chair

Michael Daehne

Additional Members

Todd Batson, Emily Benigno, Adam Blum, Cathy Flores, Son Hong, Zuhair Khan, and Jeffrey Stevens

This committee works to link students with alumni. Recent initiatives include: fine tuning the mentorship program (currently piloting in Houston), creating a volunteer matrix to be utilized by BBA Career Services, and offering an outstanding student award to honor a student who may potentially take on a future role on the Alumni Advisory Board.

Governance Committee

Chair

Melissa Tucker

Members

Kyle Herman, Kenny Liao, and Patrick Parker

The Governance Committee works to strengthen the BBA/MPA Advisory Board. Recent initiatives include: revising the MBA charter to fit the BBA/MPA Board, establishing the purpose of each BBA/MPA Board Committee and how each is tied overall to the board’s mission and the dean’s strategic plan, and coordinating with the Student Interaction Committee to establish an Undergraduate Business Council representative position on the board.