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Laura Poole ('14, MBA '17)

UNT graduate Laura Poole is a senior database developer for Euro Softworks, a company that primarily serves non-profits and real estate companies for salesforce related projects, but also works with a plethora of industries for development and other projects. Poole works with both clients and partner companies to migrate client data into Salesforce, creating custom configurations and reporting. “I spend most of my day writing SQL code and I could not imagine anything else I would prefer to be doing at this moment in my life,” said Poole.

Poole originally moved from Texas to England to pursue a career in graphic design, but after seeing how competitive the field was, she decided to switch to business at UNT’s G. Brint Ryan College of Business. “While taking my very first business statistics class with Dr. Jerry Dake, I learned that I had a genuine interest for data,” said Poole. “That interest grew into passion and I now have a BBA in Decision Sciences, MBA in Business Analytics, and MS in Information Science.”

Poole’s hard work and determination paid off because she now works in a job she loves. “If you think you can’t, you won’t. If you think you can, you will,” said Poole. “Find your passion. Do not chase after the dream of big salaries or fancy job titles. If you find what you are passionate about, everything else falls into place. When you are passionate about the work you are doing, it does not even feel like work!”



Jose Lopez (BS/MS '21)

Jose Lopez, BS/MS accounting student, received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Accounting Scholars Leadership workshop (ASLW) scholarship. This recognition covers the cost of transportation, hotel accommodations, training experiences, and meals for Lopez to attend their annual workshop event.

Each year, the AICPA Foundation awards 100 of these prestigious scholarships to deserving students. According to the AICPA, its Foundation “provides competitive awards to outstanding full time undergraduate minority students at regionally accredited institutions to encourage their selection of accounting as a major, entry into the profession and ultimately achieving the CPA designation.”

The workshop will host speakers, panelist and interactive sessions to better prepare students for the accounting world after graduation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and interview with expert professionals to better hone skillsets and knowledge of the accounting world.

Lopez, who is expected to graduate in 2021, is a member of UNT’s elite Accounting Scholars Program (ASP). ASP is open only to incoming freshmen and transfer students (transferring in 45 semester hours or fewer), and is designed to prepare UNT’s highest-achieving scholars for a successful professional career in accounting. Through mentorship and priority considerations, students gain the skills and insights necessary to graduate with a bright future. Currently, ASP hosts more than 40 student members.    


Justin Gibson

Justin Gibson, vice president of Merrill Lynch (a Bank of America company) and 2006 UNT entrepreneurship graduate, established The Valerie Gibson and Laurie Kidder Maddox Endowed Scholarship at the G. Brint Ryan College of Business in December of 2019. The scholarship aims to support those who have faced the devastation of losing a parent, while honoring the memory of Valerie Gibson and Laurie Kidder Maddox.

According to a study from UC Berkeley (Gertler, Levine and Ames, 2004), “there is some indirect empirical evidence to support the prediction that children’s outcomes, including educational achievement, are adversely affected by a parent’s death. A number of studies report positive correlation of child outcomes with family resources, such as income...” Additionally, research put forth by Balk, Walker and Baker’s “Prevalence And Severity Of College Student Bereavement Examined In A Randomly Selected Sample,” shows that the death of a parent is not uncommon for college students — in fact, as of 2010, for every two years of college 1.7% of students (or 360,000 students) experienced this loss.

Gibson's support is changing the impact of these statistics by enabling students to overcome said challenges so that they can still earn the business degree they deserve from UNT.


Gabriel Mireles named "HR Student Leader of the Year" by DallasHR

Gabriel Mireles, People Development Coordinator for Ryan LLC and 2019 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management graduate, was recently awarded the DallasHR HR Student Leader of the Year award.

DallasHR, one of the largest Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) affiliate chapters, celebrates the local HR community during their HRSTARS Award Gala each year. Individuals and companies are both nominated during this annual event, recognizing HR’s best and brightest throughout the Dallas region.

While at UNT, Mireles served in a number of different officer positions for the university’s SHRM chapter, including vice president and president. After graduation, he worked as an HR Representative at Essilor of North America and in February of 2020 he joined the Talent Development team at Ryan, LLC. His goals remain the same as they did as a SHRM officer: “to learn and help others”

Dean Marilyn Wiley elected to serve on AACSB board

Dean Marilyn Wiley will begin her three-year term as a member of the AACSB Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2020. Wiley was one of four individuals elected to serve as an AACSB Official Representative of an Organization from the Americas.

As a board member, Wiley will support the AACSB mission: "to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education worldwide," while giving the University of North Texas Ryan College of Business a greater international presence in higher education.


Decision Sciences Institute 2020 Distinguished Service Award presented to Dr. Prybutok

In recognition of over 30 years of service to the Decision Sciences Institute Dr. Victor R. Prybutok is the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Service Award, Southwest Region. He has been a member of the Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) since 1991 and was a member of Northeast DSI prior to joining SWDSI.

Dr. Prybutok is a Regents Professor of Decision Sciences at the UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business. He is also the vice provost for graduate education, and dean of the Toulouse Graduate School at UNT. He served as the Director of the Center for Quality and Productivity in the Ryan College of Business at UNT from 1991 through 2008. Dr. Prybutok is an American Society for Quality certified quality engineer, certified quality auditor, certified manager of quality / organizational excellence, and an American Statistical Association accredited professional statistician (PSTAT®). From 2013 to 2019, he was the SWDSI vice president - student liaison, chair of the student track and doctoral student consortium. In addition to serving as a SWDSI officer, he was chair of the SWDSI Conference Best Student Paper Committee and co-chair of the SWDSI Quantitative Methods, Quality, and Analytics Track. His national level service includes judge for the Decision Sciences Institute 2012 Elwood Buffa Dissertation Award and Doctoral Student Affairs Committee. He has been a panelist, presenter and co-presenter more than 70 times at SWDSI and more than 150 times at DSI national.




CEO Magazine ranks UNT online MBA at the top

The UNT G. Brint Ryan College of Business online MBA has been named 65th in the world, according to CEO Magazine.

The ranking system entailed fact-based criteria—weighing factors such as quality of faculty, international diversity, accreditation, faculty to student ratios, price, and professional development into their final report.

Data from 161 schools across 27 countries was analyzed—representing the largest number of participating universities, to date.  

CEO Magazine has been recognizing the best business schools, globally, since 2008. This year marks the first time that the University of North Texas has been included in their assessment, signifying the reputable programming that the college continues to grow.


GRE & GMAT testing requirements temporarily waived for applicants

Due to the COVID-19 impact on GMAT/GRE testing sites, the Ryan College of Business is temporarily waiving the testing requirement for applicants with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 from a regionally accredited (or equivalent) institution.

Applicants wishing to pursue a masters degree with the college can contact with questions and application details.

This emergency waiver is subject to change as the current crisis evolves. 




The McNatt Emergency Fund was established in 2019 by Jim ('66) and Linda McNatt to provide Ryan College of Business students facing financial crisis with the necessary funding to keep them enrolled and progressing toward their degree. Awards as large as $3,000 are granted to students to alleviate the financial stress they may be facing. Since inception, the McNatt Emergency Fund has provided more than $100,000 to those in need.


A $5,000 gift will support UNT's presidential initiative to provide financial support to students who have immediate and pressing needs related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funds will fulfill short-term needs and help students achieve their long-term educational objectives.


The Dean’s Excellence Fund also provides immediate, essential support to our students. This fund serves as a vital resource to help our students and campus respond to opportunities and challenges as they occur. When you support the Dean’s Excellence Fund, you support the strategic vision of the college by allowing the Dean to have flexibility in directing the use of resources to the priorities of the college during this difficult time.



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