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UHV business school forms Dean's Advisory Council

Nov. 9, 2013 at 5:09 a.m.

Members of the University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration Dean's Advisory Council pose with Associate Dean Jeff Blodgett, second from left, and Dean Farhang Niroomand, fifth from left, during the group's first meeting.

The University of Houston-Victoria School of Business Administration is seeking guidance from 13 business executives to ensure its business curriculum is in tune with the changing needs of area industries.

Farhang Niroomand, dean of the school, has formed the Dean's Advisory Council, made up of executives in the banking, oil and gas, health care, staffing and consumer goods industries.

"By bringing real-world perspectives to the table, advisory council members will help ensure that our programs remain relevant in today's business world and that the school is producing highly knowledgeable and well-trained graduates with the appropriate skill sets," Niroomand said.

The council met for the first time in October at the Willis Group headquarters in Houston. During the two-hour meeting, Niroomand explained his vision for the school and laid out key points in achieving his objectives.

"I was impressed by the goals the dean has set out for the school," said Atul Vir, a council member and president of Equator Advanced Appliances. "In some ways, it reminds me of the challenges I face as an individual entrepreneur competing against giant multinational companies."

The council also will provide a wider outlet for getting the word out about School of Business Administration student, faculty and alumni success stories. The council members will act as ambassadors for the school to increase its profile, Niroomand said.

The council will assist the business school in formulating effective fundraising strategies, identifying likely contributors, making key contacts and supporting fundraising efforts.

The council was assembled to represent the different ethnicities found in the business school's student body and faculty.

Most of the council members have a connection with UHV as an alumnus, adjunct professor or keynote speaker at Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration conferences or Willis Group Distinguished Speaker Series events. Others have hired UHV alumni or selected students as interns for their companies.

The council members are all director level or higher in their organizations. Chris Carmouche, executive vice president and general counsel of Post Oak Bank and a UHV adjunct professor, will serve as chair.

Niroomand anticipates the council eventually will expand to 25 or 30 members.

The group will meet quarterly, with the next scheduled meeting in January.

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