Bette Stead - Master's: Business Management, 1961
I thought completing a UT MBA would allow me to qualify for a job in business. I was totally naïve about discrimination against women. I completed my MBA in 1961 by attending three summers and commuting from Beaumont to Austin one semester to pick up a weekend class. Unable to land a job with a company, I continued teaching at Beaumont High for one more year and moved on to teach at Lamar University for five years. There is no doubt in my mind that having the UT MBA was a deciding factor in my being hired by Lamar University.
The University of Houston (UH) became affordable in 1964 as a state school. They didn’t have a Ph.D. in business at that time, but they had an Ed.D. and allowed me to take half my course work in the College of Business Administration. By commuting from Beaumont to Houston twice a week for five semesters and going four summers full time, I completed the Ed.D. in 1967, and miraculously, UH hired me. There is no doubt in my mind that having the UT MBA was a deciding factor in UH hiring me. I taught there 34 years.
Because I couldn’t get a job with a company, I participated in many activities to help women. I saw my book, Women in Management, published by Prentice-Hall, in the main reading room of the Library of Congress. I also have participated in a number of activities related to business; for example, I founded the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable. Currently, I am chairing the task force for an $11.1M affordable housing project for The Women’s Home, a 52-year old Houston nonprofit. In all my associations, I know that the UT MBA on my record has been a significant bridge to acceptance. Since I benefitted from scholarships, I know how vital they can be. I am currently working on endowing a third scholarship in the McCombs School of Business.