Warga Steps Down as Dean of Bauer College, Ramchand Named Interim Dean
After a decade of service as dean of the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business, Arthur Warga announced this week his plans to step down from the position and return to the faculty.
Effective immediately, Warga will first take a leave and then return to the Department of Finance faculty as a chaired full professor. Latha Ramchand, who has served as the college’s associate dean of programs and administration, will serve as interim dean.
“Under Arthur’s leadership, the Bauer College scaled new heights in faculty hiring, student success and program rankings. This brought rewards to the university and to the city of Houston that will have a lasting impact,” Ramchand said. “I intend to build on this foundation and focus on faculty scholarship and innovative programs so as to build principled business leadership.”
Shortly before Warga assumed the role of dean in 2001, AIM Investments founder Charles T. “Ted” Bauer gave $40 million to name the university’s College of Business Administration, jumpstarting a decade of growth that included upgraded facilities, competitive faculty hiring, along with numerous national program rankings and achievements by student groups and teams.
“During his term as dean, Arthur built the college into an internationally recognized center of business education and research,” Provost John Antel said in a release. “Dean Warga hired a world class faculty but he also broke new ground in the management of the college. The rest of us learned a lot from Arthur’s innovations in Bauer.”
That growth will continue, as the university breaks ground on a third building for the college (University Classroom and Business Building) and continues to celebrate the recent grand opening and dedication of Michael J. Cemo Hall, home to the college’s Rockwell Career Center and additional classroom and meeting space.
“The recent financial crisis has forced business schools to rethink their programs and mission,” Ramchand said. “It is clear that we need to focus on creating and disseminating knowledge that helps build effective organizations whose values provide the foundation for building a stronger economy and a better society. The Bauer College is committed to building business leaders that will take their organizations to the next level of success.”
Prior to serving as associate dean of programs and administration, Ramchand was the college’s associate dean of graduate and professional programs. She is also a professor of finance and teaches in the areas of corporate and international finance and risk management.
She received her Ph.D. in finance at Northwestern University, where she attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is a gold medalist in Economics from Bombay University, where she graduated with a master’s degree in economics.
Her research interests include international and corporate finance. Her publications have appeared in leading finance journals, and she regularly presents her work at various national and international conferences, most recently the Third Annual Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference hosted by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
By Jessica Navarro