University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business to hire dean from Temple

University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business to hire dean from Temple

The University of Houston announced in a March 19 press release that Paul Pavlou will be the next dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair of the C.T. Bauer College of Business.

Previous Dean Latha Ramchand left for the University of Missouri last summer. She had been the Bauer College dean for about seven years. Senior Associate Dean Tom George has served as interim dean since her departure. Dennis Reynolds, dean of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, and Blake Ives, C.T. Bauer chair and professor, co-chaired the search committee.

Pavlou is expected to start at Bauer on July 1 after his appointment is reported to the UH System Board of Regents in May. He comes from Fox School of Business at Temple University, where he serves as senior associate dean for faculty research, doctoral programs and strategic initiatives. He also is the Milton F. Stauffer professor and co-director of the university-wide Data Science Institute and has led all doctoral programs at the Fox School. His responsibilities include “the development and mentoring of research faculty and Ph.D. students,” per the release.

### IM: How is the college working with other programs within the university?

PP: One thing I’d like to specify, is that Bauer is obviously a college of business, but I want to take a very broad, multidisciplinary perspective and be very collaborative with the college of medicine, engineering, and nursing. And the idea is to be more open in terms of partnerships with different areas that innovation and new ideas may come into play and provide the business and entrepreneurship components to bring these ideas to market.

Pavlou told News 88.7 he has some ambitious goals for the Bauer College, whose MBA program U.S. News & World Report currently ranks 95th in the country.

“I made a commitment to be in the top 50 business schools in the country in five years and the top 25 in 10 years,” he said.

And how does he want to achieve that?

“We have to improve all our programs, starting with some of these areas of excellence that we have already and then continuing with all our programs, including the MBA program,” Pavlou said.

He’s working on a strategic plan with stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and the business community to “ try to see how we can bring together all of our competencies, our strengths, and to see what are the opportunities in the city of Houston, in the state of Texas.”

Dean Paul A. Pavlou (Bauer College Dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair) – A conversation on the future of work and the role of business schools as data and automation take center stage in the Digital Revolution, with Bauer College Dean Paul A. Pavlou and Assistant Dean for Career Services Jamie Belinne.

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That sounds good but how exactly do you improve the programs? What points need improvement? Anyone have thoughts or ideas?