Richardson Named Interim Dean and Allen Promoted to Senior Associate Dean at the Neeley School of Business

Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg has named Hettie Richardson, Ph.D., interim dean of the Neeley School of Business. David Allen, Ph.D., has been promoted to senior associate dean of graduate programs by Daniel Pullin, John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business. Both appointments begin February 1, 2023, when Dean Pullin assumes the TCU presidency.

Dr. Hettie Richardson, Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

As interim dean of the Neeley School, Dr. Richardson will continue to serve as associate dean of undergraduate affairs, a position she has held since January 2020, where she focuses on student success, satisfaction and fulfillment. As associate dean, she established the annual Neeley student satisfaction survey; created the Finance Crash Course, the JPMorgan Chase Inclusive Mentoring Program and the Neeley Mentorship Program; expanded experiential learning opportunities for students; and expanded the successful BNSF Neeley Leadership Program, among other actions to ensure the success of students, faculty, staff and stakeholders. Richardson joined the Neeley School in 2013 as chair of the management and leadership department. She holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Houston.

“Dr. Richardson excels in empowering TCU business students, faculty and staff to reach their highest potential. She has the skills and commitment to uphold the achievements the Neeley School has made under Dean Pullin’s leadership as we undergo a nationwide search for his replacement,” Provost Dahlberg said.

“I look forward to supporting the Neeley School’s traditions, achievements and momentum, and empowering our faculty, staff and leadership team to continue their stewardship of our strategic vision as they drive the day-to-day commitment that allows our success and excellence to thrive,” Dr. Richardson said.

Dr. David Allen, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

Dr. Allen has served as associate dean of graduate programs since 2017, overseeing seven graduate academic programs, four certificate programs, the Tandy Center for Executive Education and the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute, plus a portfolio of graduate initiatives and learning opportunities. As senior associate dean, he will assume additional responsibility by serving as coordinator for all of the Neeley School’s Centers of Excellence, which operate at the intersection of academics and industry to broaden the school’s impact with external stakeholders. Dr. Allen earned his MBA from Georgia Institute of Technology, his Ph.D. from Georgia State University and a post-graduate diploma in Global Business from Oxford University. He serves as a distinguished research environment professor at the University of Warwick, UK, and is a fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Southern Management Association.

“Dr. Allen is an innovator who combines his expertise and experience to propel a portfolio of market-driven graduate and executive education programs to complement the Neeley School’s reputational Centers of Excellence and broaden the school’s impact in industry,” Dean Pullin said.

“I’ve had the pleasure of leading a fantastic team of faculty and staff helping TCU graduate business students everywhere grow their worth, and I look forward to expanding our work,” Dr. Allen said. “One of the most important ways the Neeley School contributes to business and society is by offering innovative and experiential pathways to lifelong learning through graduate programs, executive education and centers of excellence.”

Neeley School of Business Dean Search

Provost Dahlberg has engaged Storbeck and Associates to begin a nationwide search for the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business. The search committee is being finalized and will be announced soon. The committee will meet regularly beginning January 13, with aspirations to name the new dean by summer 2023.

“I take this opportunity to say how pleased I am that TCU has named Dean Pullin as president,” Provost Dahlberg said. “His record at the Neeley School illustrates his remarkable talent for energizing and leading a school to national prominence while keeping a focus on the success of students, faculty and staff.  I look forward to his leadership and vision for the future aspirations of Texas Christian University.”

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