Alumni and others come together to form “dream team” of advisors
HOUSTON, TX, Dec. 5, 2007 – As the C. T. Bauer College of Business seeks to leverage its many recent successes in a period of unprecedented national recognition, the creation of a new Dean’s Executive Board filled with business superstars has taken center stage.
Bauer’s dream team includes 20 highly recognizable business leaders – some alumni, and other supporters who simply recognize the important symbiotic nature of Bauer working in tandem with the global business community.
Chaired by John T. McNabb II, a Duke University alum who is founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Growth Capital Partners, L.P., the new Bauer board is a “remarkable list of individuals,” said Dean Arthur Warga. “Having a sounding board of this caliber is a rare thing for any school.”
“The school is on the cusp of something significant,” McNabb added. “This is Bauer’s time. And as Bauer moves forward, the Board will be considered a trusted advisor, a sounding board for the expansion and creation of programs that are uniquely suited to what businesses need.”
The Board reflects the dramatic changes the school has undergone in the past four or five years, Warga noted. Six years ago, for instance, only a handful of Bauer graduates went on to jobs with the Big Four accounting firms, he said. Now, as Bauer pulls in multiple top rankings – No. 2 entrepreneurship program in the country, according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneurship; No. 1 evening MBA program in Houston and No. 27 in the U.S. according to BusinessWeek; one of the 30 best public undergraduate business colleges according to BusinessWeek – the school produces as many graduates for Big Four firms as the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, Warga said.
Corporate partnerships across all disciplines have multiplied as faculty members have embraced the notion of working with companies. Bauer’s growing enrollment includes an increasing number of top-tier students.
When McNabb went looking for leaders who could help the College sustain its standing as a top business school, Bauer’s uniquely diverse community of students, often the first in their family to attend college, was first and foremost in his mind. “There is really a unique educational environment at Bauer that you’re not going to reproduce anywhere else,” he notes.
Calling on some of the best business strategists in the world, McNabb assembled a team chosen for specific areas of expertise needed to sustain and build on Bauer’s successes.
“The caliber of people we have (on the board) who are willing to help this brand makes a statement,” McNabb said. “The Board is composed of dynamic individuals who continue to make a difference. We have put together a Board of experienced professionals who possess high energy levels and have track records of accomplishment.”
The Board’s emphasis will be on strategic planning, and its legacy will be the creation of new programs designed to meet the needs of business. With Chief Executive Officers, financiers, engineers and Bauer faculty members, the Board brings a broad range of talents, as well as corporate prestige to the Bauer “brand.”
Dean Warga noted that each of the Board members has something unique to contribute. “In some cases it has to do with their strategic perspective on the national economy. In other cases it had to do with a specific initiative that Bauer is considering undertaking.”
“It takes only a quick glance at this board to understand that Bauer has connected with the business community at a level few business schools in the country are able to realize,” Warga said. “That’s the beauty of being in the center of Houston, one of the most entrepreneurial and successful business cities in the country. If you can leverage Houston, you have to be successful.”
by Julie Bonnin
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.