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Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Admissions Committee

The Texas MBA Admissions Committee is a diverse group of individuals dedicated to the same goal: bringing the best and brightest students to the McCombs School of Business.

Trent ThurmanTrent Thurman
Director of Working Professional MBA Programs
Trent directs all aspects of student services, and oversees academics for the Texas Evening MBA, the Texas MBA at Houston, and the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth. Trent received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Before returning to UT, Trent enjoyed a decade-long career in commercial and corporate real estate, including stints with Trammell Crow Company and Panattoni Development Company. He was also director of real estate for a regional healthcare system in Memphis, Tennessee for nearly five years. Prior to graduate school, Trent served on the legislative staff of then-Senator Al Gore. Active in the community, Trent served as President of the Memphis, Tennessee chapter of the University of Tennessee National Alumni Association and was elected to the national Board of Governors following his term as president. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Grace-St. Luke’s School.

Rodrigo MaltaRodrigo Malta
Director of MBA Admissions
In his current role, he is responsible for developing the recruiting and enrollment strategy for the school’s full-time, executive, and three working professional programs. Originally from Brazil, Rodrigo moved to the United States in high school, and earned his bachelor’s degree in Management from Missouri State University. Prior to joining the higher education industry at The University of Texas at Austin, Rodrigo used his MBA experience at McCombs to transition from an internal audit career in the telecommunications industry with Sprint-Nextel to a marketing role in the technology industry with Dell. Being Director of MBA Admissions at McCombs is his dream job, and needless to say, Rodrigo is extremely passionate about “futebol,” and it's said that he bleeds burnt orange.

Sharon BarrettSharon Barrett
Senior Associate Director of Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions 
A native Texan, Sharon received her BBA from McCombs. Before joining the McCombs admissions team in 2008 she worked in the professional association industry managing membership and certification programs. An avid traveler, Sharon also loves to be home enjoying the vibrant city of Austin with her family and friends.

Denise BynumDenise Bynum
Senior Associate Director of Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Admissions
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Denise moved to Texas to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from TCU. After 25 years in Texas, Denise still considers St. Louis “home” but she fell in love with Texas and enjoys living in Fort Worth. After spending 11 years with an international rubber gasket manufacturing company, Denise earned her MBA from the McCombs School of Business via the Executive MBA program. At that time, she became the inaugural director of the TCU Executive MBA and helped create the program. In 2002, Denise exchanged her purple clothes for a closet full of burnt orange and joined the McCombs School where she worked in various roles from admissions to operations for the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth program. She is passionate about this program and enjoys watching the blossoming careers of students and alums.

McCombs Admissions Committee 

The McCombs Admissions Committee (MAC) within the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth plays a vital role by providing a student perspective on the MBA admissions process. The MAC is comprised solely of current students in the Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth program. As students who recently went through the MBA admissions process, our MAC members are a source of insight into the program for you, and a source of constant feedback for our admissions office to ensure we are addressing your needs as potential applicants and future Texas MBA students.

MAC members participate in many aspects of MBA admissions such as attending recruiting events, hosting prospective students for class visits or during coffee chats, and answering prospective student questions both via email and over the phone. The MAC seeks to establish a personal connection with each prospective student, applicant, and future Texas MBA.


To contact Texas MBA at Dallas/Fort Worth Admissions, use the information provided below or search for a current student to contact through the MAC Gallery.

Phone: 817-349-9567

Page last updated: 9/25/2013