Bauer College Restructures Advisory Board

Published on August 30, 2013

Bauer College Board Includes 30 Leaders of Key Business Sectors,
Executive Advisory Committee is Strategic Group for Dean Ramchand

The restructured Bauer College Board includes an Executive Advisory Committee comprised of, from left, Melvyn Wolff (BBA ’53), chairman of Star Furniture; vice chair Elaine Willits Finger (BBA ’92), real estate consultant for The Finger Companies; Michael J. Cemo (BS ’68), president of Michael J. Cemo Interests; Dean Latha Ramchand, J. Downey Bridgwater (BBA ’84), president of the Houston Market for Comerica; Duy-Loan T. Le (MBA ’89), senior fellow and senior vice president for Texas Instruments; and chair Paul Peacock (BBA ’81), partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

The restructured Bauer College Board includes an Executive Advisory Committee comprised of, from left, Melvyn Wolff (BBA ’53), chairman of Star Furniture; vice chair Elaine Willits Finger (BBA ’92), real estate consultant for The Finger Companies; Michael J. Cemo (BS ’68), president of Michael J. Cemo Interests; Dean Latha Ramchand, J. Downey Bridgwater (BBA ’84), president of the Houston Market for Comerica; Duy-Loan T. Le (MBA ’89), senior fellow and senior vice president for Texas Instruments; and chair Paul Peacock (BBA ’81), partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

The C. T. Bauer College of Business has restructured its advisory board of corporate professionals to form the Bauer College Board and an Executive Advisory Committee.

The group, previously known as the Dean’s Executive Board, includes 30 members, all with records of recognized business accomplishments or contributions to the community. Some are prominent alumni of the college, while others are committed supporters who recognize the value of building the relationship between Houston’s business school and industry.

“Over the course of the past several years, the Bauer College has accomplished a great deal in terms of establishing a strong footprint on campus and improving the student experience here,” Dean Latha Ramchand said. “Our goal in restructuring the advisory board into the Bauer College Board and its Executive Advisory Committee is to take that momentum and scale to even greater heights.”

Board members include presidents and CEOs of companies in the energy, accounting, real estate, finance, retail, human resources, management and banking sectors. For a full list of board members, click here.

The board provides input to Ramchand on a number of critical issues, including strategy, thought leadership, student engagement and curricular relevance. In addition, the board assists with garnering the monetary support needed to maintain and enhance the college’s reputation. Click here to read the full board charge.

“I’m looking to the board and the Executive Advisory Committee for hard advice and encouragement,” she added. “These are the gatekeepers for the college. If something isn’t right or can be improved upon, I want their feedback and commitment to make the necessary improvements.”

Within the board, the Executive Advisory Committee of nine members will work to enhance the visibility of Bauer College among the business community and provide advisory input to Ramchand on curriculum, budget, alumni and student issues relevant to the college’s mission. The committee met for the first time on Aug. 15, naming PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Paul Peacock (‘81) as chair and real estate consultant Elaine Willits Finger (BBA ’92) as vice chair.

“I have been involved in various capacities at Bauer since I graduated,” Peacock said. “It is a privilege for me to continue my service at Bauer and to chair a board of such noted leaders and diversity. The mission of the BCB is to provide Dean Ramchand a sounding board to help assure her success as the dean and help assure the success of the Bauer College. I am very excited about leading a board that wants Bauer to achieve all its goals.”

The restructured board is helping to guide the college at a defining time, Finger said.

“The BCB is a dynamic board of alumni and business leadership who support Dean Ramchand in her efforts to give students all the tools necessary for them to compete and be successful both nationally and internationally. This past year has been an exciting one, with students winning national competitions and Bauer College named as one of the top business schools in the nation. I’m thrilled to be part of such an innovative, hard-working group,” she said.

By Jessica Navarro

Posted Under: Alumni, Faculty and Staff, Recognition, Service

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