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Texas MBA at Houston Admissions Committee

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

Trent ThurmanTrent Thurman
Director of Working Professional MBA Programs
In this role, 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. Prior to returning to his alma mater, 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 is said to bleed burnt orange.

Sharon BarrettSharon Barrett
Senior Associate Director of Working Professional and Executive MBA Admissions 
A native Texan, Sharon received her BBA from McCombs, and before joining the McCombs admissions team in 2008, 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.

David BurfordDavid Burford
Associate Director of Texas MBA at Houston Admissions
Since working with the University of Texas, David has worked to improve the admissions process in Houston as well as the military veterans outreach. David came to the Texas MBA program from the Executive Education Center at the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in November 2011. He helped found the Executive Education Center in 2008 as an entrepreneurial endeavor, and saw it through to profitability. An entrepreneur himself, David has founded and managed several companies in the education and entertainment industries. Before joining the Bloch School of Management, David served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years. He holds a BA in English and minor in Business from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. David and his wife Melanie were raised in the small college town of Warrensburg, Missouri. They have 2 sons, Waylon and Grady. When he’s not working or with family, David loves playing the guitar. 

McCombs Admissions Committee 

The McCombs Admissions Committee (MAC) within the Texas MBA at Houston Program 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 Houston 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. In all of these ways, the MAC seeks to establish a personal connection with each prospective student, applicant, and future Texas MBA.

Contact

To contact Texas Houston MBA Admissions, use the information provided below or search for a current student to contact through the MAC Gallery.

Phone: (832) 683-4334
Email: TexasMBAHouston@mccombs.utexas.edu