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J. Lee Whittington Named Dean of Gupta College of Business

IRVING, TX (May 25, 2023) — Professor of Management J. Lee Whittington, Ph.D., was recently appointed dean of the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business (COB) at the University of Dallas.

“I am honored and humbled to lead the Gupta College of Business,” Whittington said. “We have an outstanding team of faculty and staff, and I look forward to working with them as we take the next steps in our long history of providing an excellent business education to our students.”

In addition to his faculty role as a professor of management, Whittington formerly served as the founding director of Gupta COB doctoral programs. He focuses his teaching, research and consulting on organizational behavior and spiritual leadership.

“Dr. Whittington is the right person to lead the Gupta College of Business,” said Provost Matthias Vorwerk, Ph.D. “He has a long-standing record of excellence as an administrative leader, scholar, teacher and entrepreneur, and has been instrumental in the redesign undertaken by the college of its profile and program offerings. I have high hopes for Dr. Whittington’s tenure as dean and for the future of the Gupta College of Business.”

UD President Jonathan J. Sanford, Ph.D., expressed confidence in Whittington as well.

"Dr. Whittington’s extensive scholarship on, and long experience in, faithful leadership befits the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business’s mission of excellently educating responsible, principled leaders,” Sanford said. “His industry experience, deep knowledge of the University of Dallas, excellent record of teaching and research, and his wealth of connections in the business community will be invaluable as he leads the college into its bright future.”

Whittington has published three books, including “Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations” and “Enhancing Employee Engagement: An Evidence-Based Approach,” which he authored with fellow professors Simone Meskelis, DBA ’17, Enoch Asare, DBA ’09, and Sri Beldona, Ph.D.

About the University of Dallas

Located in one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the U.S., the University of Dallas is a nationally recognized Catholic liberal arts university with campuses in Irving, Texas, and Rome, Italy. Known for the academic rigor of its undergraduate Core Curriculum, rooted in the great works of Western civilization and the Catholic intellectual tradition, UD also offers flexible graduate degrees in business, liberal arts and ministry, all taught by exceptional faculty who are dedicated to the pursuit of wisdom, truth and virtue. For more information, visit udallas.edu.

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