Connect with the Cox MBA Admissions Team

From the moment you express interest in the SMU Cox School of Business, we are here for you. While your application, essays, and professional recommendations are all very important to us, we want to get to know you and support your goal of achieving a world-class education. Our admissions team is a group of dedicated directors, officers, and advisors passionate about connecting students to opportunities for personal and professional growth. Please reach out to us with your questions or concerns. Studying at SMU Cox is an intimate experience and connections matter – starting now.

Jillian Melton

Jillian Melton

  • Assistant Dean, Working Professional MBA Programs

About

Jillian Melton is the Assistant Dean of Working Professional Admissions which include Professional MBA, Executive MBA, Online MBA, and MBA Direct programs at SMU Cox School of Business. Jill also sits on the Dean’s Diversity Advisory Committee and has been an adjunct instructor for Business Presentation Techniques teaching both part-time and full-time MBA students. Jill started her career working on a US Senate campaign which she found fascinating, but ultimately diminished her desire to work in politics over the long-term. Over the next 13 years, Jill held various marketing roles in the non-profit and real estate sectors as well as at major corporations such as Honeywell, 3M, and Sabre Holdings working on brands such as Post-it, Scotch, Scotch-Brite, Filtrete, and Travelocity. In 2015, Jill made a career transition to SMU Cox in order to spend more time helping MBA students on their own paths to success.

Originally from Minneapolis, Jill holds an MBA from Emory University and a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.

Hannah Nousain

Hannah Nousain

  • Director of Admissions, Online MBA and MBA Direct Programs

About

Hannah Nousain is the Associate Director of Admissions for the MBA Direct and Online MBA programs at SMU Cox School of Business. Hannah has been at Cox since 2016 and during that time has worked across all the MBA program formats. Hannah started her career working in the non-profit sector but transitioned into higher education in 2012. She has worked for the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina, and now SMU. She has experience in both medical school admissions as well as undergraduate and graduate business school admissions. She is passionate about helping candidates find the right program to meet their needs of an MBA program.

Originally from Minneapolis, Hannah holds B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Debbie Macedonia

Debbie Macedonia

  • Director, Working Professional MBA Admissions

About

Debbie Macedonia is the Director of Working Professional MBA Admissions and Admission Operations at SMU Cox School of Business. Debbie started her career working in financial reporting with the Cambridge Associates, and quickly found parallel professional interests in recruiting, mentoring, and training. In her career in higher education, Debbie has held various roles across marketing, student services, and admissions with the College of Charleston, Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and SMU Cox. In addition to her admissions role, Debbie is the co-administrator for the Cox Mentorship Academy – where MBA students can engage in one on one mentoring relationships during their studies. As an Air Force daughter and Navy spouse, she especially enjoys speaking with service members and veterans who are interested in earning an MBA. Having lived in the Philippines, she has a passion for global cultures and international travel (and she welcomes your recommendations on where to go next!).

Debbie holds two B.A. degrees in Economics and International Studies, as well as an MBA from Virginia Tech.

Keandra Golden

Keandra Golden

  • Associate Director of Admissions, Online MBA and MBA Direct Programs

About

Dr. Keandra Golden is the Associate Director of Admissions for the Online MBA and MBA Direct programs. Keandra has worked for several years as a practitioner of higher education in student services roles such as admissions and recruitment, accessibility support services, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and academic advising. A recent graduate of doctoral studies, Keandra‘s research centered on mental health stigma, help-seeking attitudes and stress for women employed in higher education. Keandra has joined SMU Cox after an extensive nine year career in higher education, which spans Oklahoma, Texas, and Tennessee, to continue her mission to foster equity in all facets of higher education.

Meet Your Enrollment Advisors

Prospective Online MBA and MBA Direct students benefit from the support of a dedicated enrollment advisor throughout the application process. Your enrollment advisor is available to answer your questions, offer application guidance and provide you with the resources you need to prepare for your first semester of graduate school.

Stephanie Busichio

Stephanie Busichio

  • Senior Enrollment Advisor
Nick Benson

Nick Benson

  • Senior Enrollment Advisor
Sarah DeLuccia

Sarah DeLuccia

  • Enrollment Advisor
Rebekah Morris

Rebekah Morris

  • Enrollment Advisor
Will Dausman

Will Dausman

  • Enrollment Advisor
Ashley Simpson

Ashley Simpson

  • Enrollment Advisor

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