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UDALLAS RELEASE: UD Announces Gupta College of Business Interim Dean

Irving, TX (Feb. 2, 2022) –  The University of Dallas Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Rhame, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting, as interim dean effective in July. Rhame will succeed Dean Brett J. L. Landry, Ph.D., who announced last fall that he would return to his full-time faculty position in cybersecurity for the 2022-23 academic year. 

Rhame, who served as associate dean of Academic Affairs from 2015-17, has chaired and served on numerous academic committees since joining the UD faculty in 2008, including managing curriculum and assurance of learning programs. Outside of her full-time faculty and academic roles, in the summer of 2019, Rhame joined Engage Hope, a Christian mission nonprofit organization, during which time she traveled to and spent 10 days providing ministry and medical aid in Uganda, her first mission trip to a third-world country, where she met and began sponsoring the education of a 12-year-old girl rescued from the slums. 

“As associate dean, Dr. Rhame was instrumental in our 2017 AACSB Continuous Improvement Review, and this experience will be invaluable as she leads the college’s AACSB re-accreditation efforts in 2022,” said outgoing Dean Brett J. L. Landry, Ph.D. “Currently, Dr. Rhame is a key member of the Dean’s Executive Leadership Committee. I am excited that she will be serving as our interim dean for the Gupta College of Business, and I believe she will do an excellent job.”  

“I am looking forward to Dr. Rhame serving as our interim dean. She is a respected colleague and leader among our faculty,” said Associate Dean Greg Bell, Ph.D. “Having worked with Dr. Rhame in her prior role as associate dean, I know that she is the right person to lead our college during this period of transition.”

Rhame received her doctorate in accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her undergraduate and master's degrees from Mississippi State University and Louisiana State University, respectively, after which she worked in the tax department of the Dallas-based office of Arthur Young & Co. (now Ernst & Young). 

“I am honored to serve as interim dean of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business,” said Rhame. “I look forward to working closely with faculty, staff, students, and alumni to continue moving the college forward together during this transition year.”

Prior to joining UD, Rhame taught accounting at LSU, Collin College and Austin College. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles in accounting research topics including tax equity, online accounting pedagogy and retirement planning. Her publications also include two co-authored book chapters, “Infusing a Practice-Based Mission Throughout a College of Business,” published in Mission-Driven Approaches in Modern Business Education, and “Using Codes of Conduct to Integrate Ethics Education in the Accounting Curriculum,” in Teaching Ethics Across the Management Curriculum: Contributing to a Global Paradigm Shift. 

Rhame is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, and the Institute of Management Accountants, where she formerly served on the Dallas chapter’s board (2015-17). She is a proud mother of her three young adult children and a daughter-in-law.

“I am blessed to get to work with a committed leadership team in Gupta,” said Interim Provost Tammy Leonard. “In particular, the commitment of Brett Landry and Susan Rhame to making this transition successful and their continued commitment to the long term success of our Gupta College of Business is a great gift.” The search for a permanent dean of the College of Business will begin in fall 2022.

 About the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

The Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas has been perfecting graduate business education for more than 50 years. Located in Irving, Texas, the college offers AACSB-accredited programs with the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), MBA, and Master of Science programs in Accounting, Business Analytics, Cybersecurity, Finance and Technology Management as well as professional education programs, making it one of the most popular choices among Dallas/Fort Worth’s business leaders. SB Hall, which opened in January 2016, houses the college, providing students with state-of-the-art technology and practical tools to prepare them for their future careers. For more information, visit udallas.edu/cob.

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 Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of Dallas 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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