Dean’s Council

Message From the Dean

Thank you for your interest in the School of Management Dean’s Council. The Dean’s Council provides a critical link between the students in the School of Management and the School’s administration. The monthly meetings are an important venue where myself, as well as the other deans can share significant school information with council members. The council meetings also serve as a portal where students can share vital and timely feedback to the school’s administration.

Membership in the council is considered a high honor and only students who are willing to make the commitment to serve the school should consider applying for membership in this organization. To belong, members must have obtained a certain grade point average and must have earned the recommendation of a faculty member.

I value the contributions of this organization. The actions taken by the council serve to enhance our school and our program’s reputations. We have high expectations for this council, and I look forward to continuing to share in the success of the Council’s efforts.

- Dr. Hasan Pirkul
Dean and Caruth Chair of Management

The Jindal School of Management Dean’s Council was established in April 2008 as the primary student organization designed to provide feedback to the Deans of Jindal School of Management (JSOM). The Council is comprised of a select group of undergraduate and graduate students who have been hand-selected to serve on the Council. Council members complete an application process and must receive a faculty recommendation before being considered by the Dean’s office for membership. Undergraduate Council members must have completed one semester at UT Dallas and must have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better. Graduate student members need to have completed 9 semester credit hours and achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better.

The Council meets regularly to assist the Deans with two important objectives:

  • To provide student perspectives on key school issues
  • To support, maintain and build the reputation of the Jindal School of Management


The mission of the Dean’s Council was proposed and adopted on October 12, 2008. The mission reads as follows:

The Jindal School of Management Dean’s Council is dedicated to improving and growing the UT Dallas Jindal School of Management reputation locally, regionally and globally; and committed to protecting and supporting student concerns and working tirelessly with the Jindal School of Management leadership to improve the collegiate experience of all students, both inside and outside the classroom.

The motto “Duty with Dignity” was adopted by the Council in January 2011. It represents the true essence of what it means to be a council member. Members understand that to serve, they must always be dignified and respectful. Council members also understand and accept that to have the honor of membership, there is a responsibility to serve – Thus member of the council serve the Jindal School of Management gladly serve and always remember that “Duty with Dignity” is essential.


The Dean’s Council has many objectives including but not limited to the following:

  • To provide a significant leadership opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students
  • To provide a vehicle for key student issues and concerns to be brought to the attention of the Deans of JSOM
  • To provide essential support to help elevate the rankings and reputation of the JSOM and all academic degree programs

How We Work

The Dean’s Council meets monthly to address important current concerns and initiative relating to the following:

  • Academic programs and services
  • Reputation building
  • School pride


Membership on the Dean’s Council is highly competitive and distinguished. Membership on the Council means direct access to the Dean and the Associates Deans of the JSOM.

The Council plays a critical role in facilitating change within the school, and Council members take significant pride and belief in all their efforts.

Those students who are awarded membership can also enjoy the benefit of placing the prestigious student organization on their resume. Employers can easily see that members of the Council are prominent student leaders in the UTD community. Both the academic and student experience have been improved because of the establishment of this important organization.

Mahima Badsra, Graduate Leader
About Me: Hello, my name is Mahima Badsra and I am currently pursuing my MBA/MS in Finance at University of Texas at Dallas. I have more than 5 years of experience in Quantitative Analysis. As the president of the Dean’s Council my goal is to improve the University’s ranking, creating a solid alumni network and ensuring that student’s voices are heard by the Dean of the School of Management. My hobbies include hiking, surfing, fencing, sleeping, eating and meeting new people. I also write an economic blog on the current economic and financial events across the world. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions or concerns
J. Michelle Abuda, Undergraduate Leader
About Me: Hello, my name is J. Michelle Abuda and I am currently a double major in Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, with a minor in Computer Science. I have been on the Dean’s Council for over a year now. Last year for the Dean’s Council I acted as the Webmaster, and this year I was elected to be the Undergraduate Leader to help develop ideas we have already initiated. Last semester, I was also Project Leader for the Golden Comet project, and I have been extremely excited to see that project through. I look forward to the success that the Dean’s Council will have in the upcoming semesters.
Abbas Rangwala, Webmaster
About Me: Hi, My name is Abbas Rangwala. Currently, I am a full time graduate student majoring in Information Technology and Management. I have a background in Computer Science with previous work experience in Website development and Analytics. I serve as a Webmaster in the Dean’s Council. Apart from studies and work, I enjoy travelling and biking. My goal is to make the Dean’s Council available to each and every student through the various forms of media and internet. I look forward to working with the project leaders of the Council. Please feel free to email me if you have any new ideas.

Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

  • Host MBA networking events for current MBA students
  • Create Recognition Wall to emphasize the great accomplishments of our JSOM students, faculty and
    staff in spring 2013
  • Implement Golden Comet award system where students nominate faculty to be recognized in spring 2013
  • Organizing a JSOM student organization showcase to take place in spring 2013

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012

  • Create maintenance and beautification proposals regarding improvements to the overall look of the school.
  • Hosted MBA networking events for current MBA students.

Fall 2010 – Spring 2011

  • Improved access to the JSOM’s computer labs.
  • Created the official Dean’s Council Website.
  • Created a committee to help student organizations create their websites.

Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

  • Helped with re-establishing floundering student organizations, growing our student groups from 9 in 2008 to 19 in 2010 to 29 in 2011.
  • Built and orchestrated the “Reputation Matters” campaign to help promote the Jindal School of Management brand in rankings.
  • Worked to extend the school’s cafe hours to accommodate the break time for evening students.
  • Orchestrated getting the university to extend evening orange student parking to begin at 4:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. University withdrew the change and the Council is continuing to work to get it back.

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

  • Created a brochure for the JSOM organizations to be given to all new incoming students.
  • Arranged a meeting with UT Dallas technical staff and students to resolve wireless problems.
  • Volunteered to lead a “Cans from the Classroom” food drive campaign to give to the North Texas Food Bank; the goal was to collect one can for every JSOM constituent (over 500 cans) in Fall 2008 and over 1800 cans in Fall 2009.
  • Hosted a Welcome Back event on September 2, 2008.
  • Hosted Karaoke in the Courtyard on August 23, 2009.
  • Hosted “Ask the Dean” sessions.

Fall 2006 – Spring 2007

  • Four JSOM Faculty began teaching Rhetoric 1101 as per the recommendation of the Council (RHET 1101 is the required university freshman class that orients students to the UTD campus).
  • Provided feedback to the Dean to acquire more furniture in the building for students to lounge on.
  • Provided feedback to the deans asking for study tables in the common areas during the week prior to finals and during finals.
  • Responded to finance students who needed access to Bloomberg terminals in the early evening; hired students to work the additional hours.

The Dean’s Council is here to serve our management students. If you have a concern regarding the Naveen Jindal School of Management, such as an issue that you have come across, or if you have a suggestion on a project the council should work on, please email Dr. Monica Powell.

If there is an issue that you believe the council should address, please provide Dr. Powell both the problem and your recommended solution in the email.

The application for the Dean’s Council can be found at the link below. Once your application is complete, return it to JSOM 4.205. Applications for membership will be reviewed and qualified candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview time with the Membership Committee. When the interview process is complete, all students selected to join will be notified via email.

To apply, each candidate must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Must have been at the JSOM for at least one semester (Graduate minimum 9 completed credit hours)
  • Must be able to serve on the council for at least one academic year (two full semesters)
  • Complete an application form, including the faculty recommendation signature

All Council members may only miss one monthly meeting per semester. Meetings are held on Saturday mornings. The Dean’s Council is inclusive of students who represent all degree programs in the Jindal School of Management.

Dean’s Council members can be dismissed for any conduct unbecoming of a council member. The responsibility to serve with dignity and dedication is a requirement of membership in this organization.

Scheduled meetings for the Spring 2014 semester:

  • February 1, 2014 – 10:30-12:30
  • February 22, 2014 – 10:30-12:30
  • March 1, 2014 – 10:30-12:30
  • March 22, 2014 – 10:30-12:30
  • April 26, 2014 – 10:30-12:30

JSOM Dean’s Council Application