Alumni Profile: Real-time perspective
By Jennifer Meers Jones ’08
As a UMHB Board of Trustees member, Rodney Deyoe has served the university through many roles: trusted adviser, confidant, community member, and friend. However, one role he had never experienced first-hand was that of a student.
That all changed two-and-a-half years ago when Deyoe enrolled in the university’s MBA program. This past May, he became the first trustee to graduate while also serving as a member of the board.
Deyoe said he chose to attend the university so he could experience a UMHB education for himself.
“As a trustee we usually look at things from a macro-perspective. We look at the big picture and make decisions based on that big picture. Often we don’t get the opportunity to really see how well the institution is doing through the eyes of a student. I felt like, to be the best trustee that I could be, I needed to find out how well we are doing from the student’s perspective,” Deyoe said.
Deyoe grew up in Houston and moved to Central Texas in 1991. Ten years ago he purchased The Charter Group, which he recently sold. He continues to serve as vice president of Charter Commercial Brokerage. Deyoe and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Kristi, 26, and Matthew, 13.
After meeting Deyoe through the Temple Chamber of Commerce, then-president Jerry Bawcom asked him to join the university’s Board of Trustees. Deyoe has served on the board for five years now.
Deyoe said he was impressed by the quality of instruction he received in the MBA program.
“The classroom instructors were absolutely wonderful,” he said. “I really enjoyed the tenured guys who have been there for a long time and have a great proficiency in their field of study. On the other hand, I also enjoyed the adjunct professors who came in and had so much real life experience to add to the lessons. I could really tell that all the professors truly cared about the success of each student.”
While in classes, Deyoe said he made special effort to get to know his classmates so he could better understand how important university decisions affect the lives of current students.
“I think I will now be able to see things more clearly from the student’s perspective,” he said. “When the trustees are making decisions, I will be able to have a better feel for how those decisions would affect students. Of course, we have a lot trustees who are former students of UMHB, but most of them graduated 20, 30, or 40 years ago. I now have a real-time perspective on how the decisions we make might affect students.”