(April 4, 2013) -- Wm. Gerard (Gerry) Sanders, professor of strategic management at Rice University, has been named dean and Bodenstedt Chair of The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business. He will begin his duties June 1, 2013.
A leading researcher in corporate governance, Sanders has been a faculty member at Rice University since 2008 and previously served as a department chair and faculty member at Brigham Young University for 12 years.
Before entering academia, Sanders spent more than a decade working in institutional commercial real estate investment with Equitec Financial Group, Bechtel Investments and The Koll Company.
"Gerry Sanders brings considerable real-world experience to this position and understands the significant role that the College of Business plays in developing our city and state," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "He is tremendously well-respected in his field and, coming from Rice, knows what it takes to be a part of a Tier One research institution."
"I have been extremely impressed by the caliber of students that I've met and the professionalism of the faculty, administrators and staff at the UTSA College of Business," said Sanders. "The university's momentum toward top-tier status is clearly evident, and I am thrilled to be a part of this journey."
A native of California with strong Texas ties, Sanders' research focuses on corporate governance and executive leadership and their effects on strategic decision making and company performance. He has published studies on the effects of CEO stock-option pay on firm risk taking; the role of top management work experiences on firm strategy; and the nature of what firms learn from their board members' experiences.
His research has been published in leading management journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Management. His work on stock-option pay also has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist and BusinessWeek.
"The UTSA College of Business is positioned to impact not only the lives of our students, but also to enhance the quality of life of the greater San Antonio community by educating and training future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders," said Sanders. "I look forward to working with alumni and employers to align our efforts with the demands of a dynamic marketplace."
Sanders received his Ph.D. in management from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor's in finance from Brigham Young University.
Sanders will be the first to hold the Bodenstedt Chair for the Dean of Business, which is one of 13 newly endowed positions established in response to a recent $5 million H-E-B Faculty Research Fund matching gift to UTSA supporting the recruitment and retention of leading scholars and researchers.
"Professor Sanders deeply impressed the college's faculty and staff, as well as the other deans and members of the community," said Mauli Agrawal, David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Dean's Chair in the College of Engineering and chair of the search committee. "He is the right person to build on the college's shared vision, growing reputation and national rankings."
Sanders succeeds Lynda de la Viña, Peter Flawn Professor and director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship, who served as dean of the college from 2004 to 2012. Daniel Hollas, UTSA professor of economics, has served as interim dean of the college since 2012.
Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, the UTSA College of Business offers a comprehensive curriculum that expands the boundaries of a traditional business education. With more than 5,700 students, the college portfolio includes traditional degrees in accounting, finance, management and marketing as well as programs in entrepreneurship, information assurance and security and real estate finance and development. Internationally accredited by AACSB International, the college is nationally ranked by BusinessWeek, Hispanic Business and the Princeton Review.
For more information, visit the UTSA College of Business website.
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University Center main corridor, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives and the Texas Mentoring Partnership hosts the 5th Annual Texas Mentoring Summit. The theme Mentoring: A Pathway To and Through College & Career will focus on the positive impact mentoring can have on student success from k-12 through college and beyond.
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel, Downtown San Antonio
The UTSA Political Science and Geography Department hosts a panel discussion called "Forecasting the Trump Presidency" on the eve of Inauguration Day.
H-E-B University Center, Bexar Room (HUC 1.102), Main Campus
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory.
Flawn Science Building (FLN 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA Music Department presents Miller-Porfiris Duo (violin/viola) in a performance of period appropriate music as accompaniment to the silent films, "The Great Train Robbery," "The Violinmaker of Cremona," and "Ballet Mecanique."
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The CACP 2016-2017 Speaker Series continues with architect and writer Jason Griffiths of the University of Arizona and Jason Griffiths Architecture. His practice is based on a multidisciplinary approach.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA's Department of Music hosts Dr. David Huron from Ohio State University as part of the Donald Hodges lecture series. Huron is a Canadian arts and humanities distinguished professor at Ohio State University.
John Peace Library, UTSA Faculty Center, (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
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H-E-B University Center parking lot, Main Campus
Dr. Stephanie Westney (violin) presents a concert of Mozart compositions as performed by herself and other talented musicians from the university and surrounding area. This concert is free and open to the public.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion annually hosts a Volunteer Opportunities Fair to allow students, faculty and staff to learn about volunteer and service-learning opportunities in the San Antonio area.
University Center, 1st floor corridor, Main Campus
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Frio Street Building, Riklin Auditorium (FS 1.406), Downtown Campus
School district superintendents and other district leaders responsible for bilingual and ESL programs' administration and accountability learn about cultural literacy, language, and diversity in the community.
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