LAWRENCE – Douglas Houston, director of the Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences area of the University of Kansas School of Business, has been named associate dean of the School by incoming dean Neeli Bendapudi. Houston will serve for two years and joins Bendapudi as she takes over the position as dean of the School of Business on August 1.
Houston has a long history of leadership and has served the School in a number of capacities. Serving as director of Finance, Economics and Decision Sciences (FEDS) since 2004, Houston’s efforts were key in setting up the FEDS Advisory Board and launching the supply chain management major. Prior to that, he served as director of the MBA program from 1999 until 2004.
Houston joined the KU faculty in 1981 and has been an active participant in the successful masters in supply chain management program developed with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
“I am very excited about the vision, the leadership, and the institutional knowledge Doug brings to the position of associate dean,” Bendapudi said. “We are both eager to engage with all constituencies to further our school and university. I am pleased to have Doug join me as we begin our new roles at the school and start our preparations for the upcoming academic year.”
Houston replaces current associate dean Keith Chauvin, who is stepping down after 11 years to rejoin the faculty. He has been on the School of Business faculty since 1988. Bendapudi replaces dean William L. Fuerst, who has served as dean for eleven years, the second-longest tenured dean in the school’s history. Fuerst is also stepping down to join the School of Business faculty.