Though Rodney Williams, MBA '05 was already working in his desired field, promoting theatrical performances and concerts, managing artists and brokering publishing deals, he sought out UD for its rich heritage and academic reputation.
"UD embraces the philosophy of independent thinking and encourages students to employ this throughout their time on campus and beyond. My time at UD forced me to think outside the box on core business issues, it gave me the ability to harness my strategic planning skills, and it also taught me to recognize true talent in the hiring process," said Williams. "I believe that the University of Dallas shapes future leaders through emphasizing the core values of the university and allowing individuals to use those values as building blocks in their career and their personal life."
Williams began giving back to UD even as a student, hosting music business symposia on campus which exposed students to music industry professionals. He has remained involved as an alumnus through the Sports & Entertainment Management Alumni Council. Serving as the organization's president, Williams spearheads their efforts in networking, mentoring, recruiting, fundraising and encouraging participation in the council's programs. He believes the organization's primary goal "is to align our networking initiatives to make the program stronger and reach back into the sports and entertainment community to foster resources for the program."
A recipient of the UD/Dallas Mavericks scholarship and beneficiary of strong mentoring from Scott Wysong, associate professor of marketing, Williams feels it is important for alumni to remain involved.
"I chose to take on a leadership role to build on the foundation of our program and reach out to develop new opportunities for the past, current and future students of the program," said Williams. "Alumni can and should stay active at UD post-graduation to ensure their program and school is successful and continues to encourage the next generation to come through a top ranked graduate school."