Office of the Dean

Dr. Thomas George, Interim Dean

Interim Dean Tom George

Greetings,

Welcome to the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Here, our students are fond of saying that this is a place “Where Awesome Happens.”  If you spend time with us, either on our website or in person, I believe you will agree.

So, what defines “Awesome” at Bauer College?

Our Students

As faculty and staff members, we interact with our students daily — in the classrooms where we teach, in the hallways and gathering spaces between classes, at celebrations that recognize their achievements and awards, and at commencement, where I have the unique privilege of shaking hands with every one of our new graduates. While it is true that Bauer College transforms our students, it is perhaps even more true that our students transform the college with their energy, their intelligence, and their commitment to hard work. They make awesome happen.

Our community of students is as diverse as the City of Houston — here, you will find people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences united by their drive, determination and motivation to achieve their potential and help others along the way.

Our students engage with the college and the community through their involvement in special programs and in nearly three dozen Bauer student organizations, both graduate and undergraduate. About 1,700 Bauer students participate in student organizations each year. These groups help prepare our students for careers through professional development activities and networking events with leading corporations.  They also support our students in giving back to the community — Bauer student volunteers lend their time and services to about 50 Houston non-profits a year.

We have seen that giving back can inspire careers.  Take Bauer Honors student Caroline Ferguson, also part of Bauer’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship. Caroline recently launched Grateful & Company, a business inspired by the loss of her father to suicide.  Caroline’s business contributes to suicide awareness and prevention programs on campus. Or Bauer MBA student Mark Garcia-Prats, who is a co-founder of Small Places, a startup focusing on making agriculture accessible and engaging for Houston’s Second Ward.

Teams from Bauer’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship compete each spring in business plan competitions, detailing their strategies for commercializing technology developed by university researchers — in 2014, our students had a landmark competition season, with one team earning the “triple crown” at a Department of Energy competition and all teams bringing home a combined $274,000 in prize money. In 2018, an undergraduate student team from the Wolff Center won second place at the MIT Clean Energy Prize business plan competition. Over the last 15 years, WCE students have won more than 50 awards in national business plan competitions, with more 1st, 2nd or 3rd place awards than any other undergraduate program in North America and more than $1.4 million in business plan competitions and grants.

Our Faculty

The word “faculty” means “an inherent power.” Having the faculty to do something literally means having the power to get it done.

Our faculty is the source of power behind what we do at Bauer. They create our research and share it across the globe, they energize our students in highly ranked academic programs, and they also power our students forward as mentors, supporters and cheerleaders. 

As part of a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university, Bauer College leverages academic rigor with the expertise of the business community to create a learning environment that incorporates current best practice while equipping students with tools to build better models for the future. Given our home in Houston, we are uniquely suited to offer experiential learning opportunities that bring business leaders together with our students to solve real business problems. 

It is no wonder that the insights of our faculty are sought after by government, business, and the community both nationally and internationally. Click here to read more about their exciting and innovative research, along with profiles of those who serve as editors or on boards of leading academic journals. The media also frequently look to our faculty as expert sources for stories on business and higher education. You can see the growing list of Bauer media mentions by clicking here. Highlights of recent faculty achievements from each of our academic departments appears here.

Our Bauer Business Minds and Faculty Focus video series highlight the contributions and stories of individual faculty members, including marketing professor Rex Du, who developed statistical tools for big data to predict consumer behavior, and associate professor of management Dejun "Tony" Kong, whose research aims to improve corporate performance by focusing on the wellbeing of employees and their relationship with the organization.

You can also read about faculty in the pages of Inside Bauer magazine, including stories about professor Dusya Vera’s role as associate editor for The Leadership Quarterly and associate professor Elizabeth Anderson Fletcher’s work to improve the experience of first-responders as both a researcher and a volunteer firefighter.

Our Alumni

Our alumni base is 50,000 strong and growing each year, representing business professionals, entrepreneurs and c-level executives across sectors and industries. Our Bauer College Alumni Association keeps this network connected and engaged with the college through a range of events, including networking mixers and an annual meeting. And, no matter where life takes our alumni, they stay connected online through Bauer Alumni Connect, our dedicated social networking platform where Bauer alumni share personal and professional updates, find opportunities to mentor current students and expand their career opportunities.

The value of a Bauer College education can be seen in the work of our alumni. Whether it is 1992 Bauer MBA alumnus David Williams, who serves as president and chief executive officer of Make-A-Wish America, or Natara Holloway, who received her BBA in accounting from Bauer College and is now in a top role in the NFL’s Youth & High School Football division, our alumni are leading organizations nationally and internationally.

Through their personal and business endeavors, our alumni are making the world a better place.  Take Bauer MBA alumnus Daniel Pinto, who works as an accountant for a law firm in downtown Houston by day, and on the side, his family is building an orphanage in northeast India that gives both a home and hope to 60 children in the economically depressed region of the East Garo Hills. Another recent Bauer graduate, Casey McNeil, is using what he learned in the classroom to have a positive impact on the environment. Forbes named him to its 2015 list of “30 Under 30” in energy for his work with REEcycle, a business started in Bauer’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship.  REEcycle commercializes a technology developed by UH researcher Allan Jacobson that addresses reclaiming rare earth elements (REEs) used in computer memory, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, catalytic converters, fluorescent lighting and more.

Our alumni are also strongly embedded in the Houston community — thousands of Bauer alumni live and work in the area, and many are actively involved with Bauer College, be it through the Bauer College Alumni Association, or serving as a mentor, volunteer or guest speaker with the college.

Our Programs

The program portfolio at Bauer College is designed by academic leaders in conjunction with the business community. We work with advisory board members, recruiters and partners to determine where we can improve or change curriculum to address industry needs, and we elicit their help in delivering experiential learning opportunities.  In doing so, our students receive an education that provides the tools to make them career ready and the depth to face new challenges that exist beyond the horizon.

Bauer College is Houston’s most comprehensive business school, offering degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as custom and open enrollment executive education opportunities.

At each level, we invite our students to customize their learning with specialty programs. Undergraduate students can apply for the nationally recognized Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship and Program for Excellence in Selling as well as a range of leadership training, including the Ted Bauer Leadership Certificate Program.  Graduate students can pursue a number of programs designed to be flexible, including our Full-Time MBAProfessional MBA and Executive MBA, as well as master of science programs in financeaccountancyglobal energy managementmarketingsupply chain management and management information systems. MBA and MS Finance students can also earn elective certificates in the areas of energy, business analytics and modeling, finance, real estate, digital marketing, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, leadership and more.

Our programs in entrepreneurship, internal audit and sales, among others, continue to be ranked among the top in the country.  Click here to see a list of our programs’ current rankings and accolades.

Bauer College serves as a venue for conversation about business issues — here, we bring together research faculty with industry leaders to discuss new best practices, what is working and what isn’t, and how we can solve challenges we are facing. This year, our Working Families Agenda was recognized by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business on the “Innovations That Inspire” list for its partnership with industry and commitment as a champion of change.

Because we are an institute of higher learning, students have an open door for these conversations and can ask questions, weigh in, and help to shape the future.

Our Support

In 2000, Charles T. “Ted” Bauer made a gift of $40 million that resulted in the naming of the college. The gift was unusual in many ways — it was a gift given all at the same time, not a pledge, and it was given to a business school by an individual who was not an alumnus.

To say this gift was transformational is to put it mildly. Mr. Bauer made possible a paradigm shift in the way we serve our students and the community. Thanks to his support, the college has grown into an institution where we change lives, one successful student at a time.

Although Mr. Bauer graduated from Harvard University, he realized the significant impact that students from the University of Houston have on the city and the value our graduates bring to the Houston workplace. While his investment in the college was an investment in students and faculty, it was also an investment in and commitment to grow the city of Houston.

Since Mr. Bauer’s gift, we have seen many similar stories unfold. Top organizations and business leaders have recognized the value that Bauer students and alumni bring to the city’s economy and have offered their support to what we are doing in the form of scholarships, recruitment, mentorships and engagement with our students in classroom discussions and site visits.

An investment in Bauer College is one with big return. Here, we bridge academia and industry through partnerships and collaboration with the business community, and our partners benefit from the opportunity to connect with our students, faculty, programming and resources, including a portfolio of centers and institutes that address industry needs.

In the last three years, the Bauer College Board has expanded its roster by 38 percent. This board includes some of the leading minds in business today, and I am proud to say that this group is not just an advisory board on paper — they are counselors and supporters in action, connecting Bauer to the community, and keeping our college’s ear to the ground so that we know when things are changing and can incorporate business needs into the curriculum as that happens.

The Bauer College story is an exciting one, and one that continues to unfold. I invite you to learn more about us — read the latest issue of Inside Bauer magazine, see for yourself how Bauer students, faculty and alumni make this a place where awesome happens. We invite you to reach out and provide your feedback at suggestions@bauer.uh.edu. And, by all means, please visit us on campus and feel the excitement for yourself.

Sincerely and with warm regards,

Thomas George
Interim Dean, C. T. Bauer College of Business
Bauer Professor of Finance