Our beautiful campus offers a rich learning environment through state-of-the-art classrooms and collaborative spaces that deepen the learning experience, create valuable new connections with peers, and provide ample opportunities to interact individually with our exceptional TCU faculty. Come see why so many organizations trust us as a valuable and versatile partner for developing leaders, enhancing capabilities and shaping the future of business.


Our faculty, ranked No. 1 in the world for faculty quality, and programs are focused on delivering fresh thinking and practical approaches and tools that can be immediately applied where they count most – back on the job. Once you’re here, you will very quickly find yourself engaged in real world situations where you can most benefit from the insights, approaches and take-away tools provided in each program.

Danyelle Williams Ackall
Instructor, Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Ms. Ackall has more than 18 years of professional human resource experience in employee relations, management coaching, change management, training and facilitation, and policy creation for MedStar, Catholic Charities, DeVry University and Trammell Crow Company. She was honored as the HR Educator of the Year in 2011 by the HR Southwest Conference. She is holds certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Society of Human Resource Manager Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and as a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP). She is past president of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association and a regular contributing columnist for Fort Worth CEO magazine. She holds a BS from Texas A&M University and a MS in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Lance A. Bettencourt
Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Marketing

Prior to TCU, Dr. Bettencourt was a marketing professor at Indiana University and Arizona State University-West. He is also a former strategy adviser with Strategyn, Inc., the pioneer of Outcome-Driven Innovation™, and he was a partner at Service 360 Partners from 2012 to 2017. His research on service excellence and innovation has been published in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management, and Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, among others. He is author of Service Innovation: How to Go from Customer Needs to Breakthrough Services (McGraw-Hill 2010). In his consulting and executive education, Dr. Bettencourt has worked with many of the world’s leading companies to help them uncover innovation opportunities and set marketing strategy. Over the past decade, his clients have included Allstate, Morningstar, Microsoft, TD Bank, Colgate, Kimberly-Clark, Alcon, and many others.

Ann Bluntzer, PhD
Associate Professor of Professional Practice

Dr. Ann Bluntzer is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice for TCU’s Neeley School of Business. She teaches in the department of Management and Leadership, primarily focusing on curriculum in transformational leadership, business ethics and the non-profit management space. She also teaches and advises for Neeley’s Energy MBA Program.

She currently serves on the TCU Energy Institute Board and Neeley’s Energy MBA Advisory Board. Dr. Bluntzer has taught leadership and management courses to various higher education institutions for over 20 years to include: University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, University of Jakarta, Austin Business College, and Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She is President and Founder of The Agrarian, a strategic consulting business that specializes in land/real estate conservation and development, with notable clients such as The Nature Conservancy, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Education, United States Agency for International Development, United States Marine Corps, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served in executive leadership positions with various nonprofit organizations globally. Dr. Bluntzer began her career serving in the Foreign Agriculture Service, for the United States Department of Agriculture and State. Some of her assignments included: Poland, Lithuania, Indonesia, and Australia.

Dr. Bluntzer holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership Management and Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Education in Leadership & International Studies and Bachelor’s in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University.

Suzanne Carter
Professor of Strategy Practice
Executive Director, TCU EMBA

Dr. Carter is a highly respected expert in strategy, strategic leadership and corporate reputation and is executive director of the TCU Executive MBA program, ranked 12th in the world by The Economist. She is a contributing columnist to the Dallas Business Journal and her research on organizational performance and leadership has been published in key academic journals. She received the Citation of Excellence Award for her research on the relationship of top management, organizational and environmental factors on corporate reputation management. She has consulted for leading companies such as GameStop, Lea+ Elliott and SaladMaster on strategic vision and strategy development. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Catholic Charities, YWCA of Fort Worth and Safe Haven on strategic planning and social enterprise strategies. Dr. Carter received her BS in accounting from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, and MBA and PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Carter teaches strategy courses at the EMBA, MBA and undergraduate levels at TCU, and has been honored with the EMBA Faculty Award for Outstanding Leadership Development twice. She was recently awarded TCU’s university-wide Dean’s Teaching Award.

Janice Cobb
Instructor, Accounting

Dr. Janice Cobb has been teaching at Texas Christian University (TCU) since 1997. She teaches a broad range of classes related to financial accounting and managerial accounting to sophomores through MBA students. Prior to coming to TCU, Janice managed cost reimbursable contracts at Lockheed Corporation, worked as an auditor for a large public accounting firm, served as compliance officer and controller for a fast growing hedge fund, and served in the positions of corporate controller of a public company and chief financial officer of a privately held distribution company. She earned an undergraduate degree in management (1984), a master's in business administration (1986), and a doctorate in higher education leadership (2017), all from TCU. Janice was awarded the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Outstanding Educator Award in 2007 and has received several teaching awards while at TCU, including the Innovative Teaching Award in 2016.

William Cron
J. Vaughn and Evelyne H. Wilson Professor in Marketing

Dr. Cron has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Marketing Association. His research articles have been published in numerous distinguished academic journals. He presents at seminars around the globe and has co-authored two textbooks: Sales Management: Concepts and Cases and Selling: Building Relationships and Achieving Results. He has also received several awards for teaching. His areas of expertise focus on the health care industry: distribution and marketing of medical supplies and equipment, marketing strategy, planning for growth and profits, sales management issues and wholesaling management issues. His work experience includes Procter & Gamble, Dreamline Furniture Corp., Park Plaza Medical and Midmark Corporation. He serves on the board of directors for the American Marketing Association and chair of the audit and finance committee, and is past president of the Academic Council of the American Marketing Association. He has also served on several corporate boards. He holds a BSBA from Xavier University and DBA and MBA from Indiana University.

Patrick Downes
Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Patrick Downes is an Assistant Professor of Management in the TCU Neeley School of Business. He is an award-winning teacher in undergraduate and graduate courses on Organizational Management, Data-based Decision Making, Human Resource Analytics, and Strategic Human Resource Management. His research emphasizes employee’s social and motivational experiences at work (e.g., employee engagement, team functioning, social networks, and social comparisons) as well as analytic methods applied to management research. Dr. Downes holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and previously taught at Rutgers University.

Stacy Landreth Grau
Professor of Marketing Practice

An expert in design thinking, Dr. Grau leads the TCU Neeley School’s design thinking initiative after studying it at Stanford. Utilizing several years of professional experience in advertising, branding and consulting, Dr. Grau teaches marketing communication, digital marketing, customer insights, design thinking and creative problem solving at TCU. Her research areas include gender and source effects in communication and advertising, cause-related marketing and initiatives, and social media strategies. She consults with several organizations with an emphasis on strategic brand planning and implementation for social enterprises and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and MS in marketing and PhD from Louisiana State University. She has been honored with several teaching awards at TCU.

Zach Hall
Assistant Professor of Marketing

Dr. Hall specializes in improving performance of the salesforce. He has more than 10 years of experience in sales and marketing, as well as consulting and researching for Fortune 500 companies in energy, retail, B2B and manufacturing on how to improve their sales process, customer relationship management, employee motivation and salesperson persuasion effectiveness. Dr. Hall was honored in 2015 and 2016 with the Excellence in Research Award by the American Marketing Association, an honor given to the most impactful research on the sales discipline. His research is highlighted in marketing’s premier publication, Journal of Marketing. He holds a BBA from Texas A&M University, MBA and MSBA in Finance from Texas Tech University, and PhD from the University of Houston.

Brad Harris
Associate Professor

Brad Harris is an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at TCU. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher with focal interests in leadership, groups/teams, and individuals’ organizational transitions (e.g., newcomer, socialization, turnover, boomerang employees). Brad is currently an associate editor at two respected journals and serves on several other leading journal editorial boards. His work has been featured in leading scholarly and popular press outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Fast Company. He has also co-authored a book (with Brad Kirkman), titled 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (Stanford University Press). He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University and was previously a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rita Kosnik
Professor, Management and Negotiations

Rita Kosnik is a Professor of Management and Negotiations at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a Visiting Professor of Negotiations in the TCU Neeley Executive Education program as well as the the EMBA program of the Neeley School of Business at TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She holds a Ph.D. in Strategy and Organization Behavior from Northwestern University. In addition to the Neeley School, she has taught negotiations courses in the MBA Program of Northwestern University, in the Executive MBA Program of Notre Dame University, and the Masters of Health Care Administration and the Masters of Accounting programs at Trinity University. She has won several awards for excellence in executive teaching. Dr. Kosnik is a trained mediator in the state of Texas and she is an active corporate trainer and consultant in the area of dispute resolution and negotiations. Recent clients include McDonald’s USA, Williamson-Dickie, Owens & Minor, Apex Capital Corp., Siemens North America, ATC Logistics and Distribution, Fort Worth Independent School District, and the American Association of Blood Banks.

Linda LaCoste
Director, TCU Executive MBA Student Services and Operations

Dr. LaCoste is responsible for the overall academic and co-curricular experience of the TCU Executive MBA program, as well as study abroad programs. She leads the Leadership Development course and oversees the TCU EMBA leadership development process. Her corporate experience includes ten years with the Walt Disney Company as a senior manager of operations and a corporate trainer for company-wide e-commerce initiatives at the Walt Disney World Travel and Resort contact center. She was recognized with the Disney Spirit award, given to less than one percent of Disney employees. She holds a BA from Iowa State University, MS from Drake University, MBA from Ottawa University and PhD from the University of North Texas.

Robert P. Leone
J. Vaughn and Evelyne H. Wilson Chair in Marketing

Dr. Leone is a respected expert in marketing management and strategy, branding and brand management, marketing research and customer relationship management. His most recent research, “Who’s Your Most Valuable Salesperson?” was published in Harvard Business Review. Numerous other research articles by Dr. Leone have been published in prestigious marketing journals. He teaches at the undergraduate and MBA levels and has received several teaching awards, including the TCU Dean’s Research and Creativity Award. An active consultant, Dr. Leone has worked for a range of domestic and global companies including Alliance Data Systems, Eli Lilly, Limited, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Sears. He is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Marketing Association and the Marketing Science Institute. He holds a BA and MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and PhD from Purdue University.

Bruce Nelson
Vice President of Design and Innovation, Sabre

Mr. Nelson leads a team of more than 50 researchers and designers who plan, design and manage the user experience across Sabre’s product portfolio. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, digital branding and UX design, Nelson has built and managed digital strategy and design teams for major brands. He previously headed UX strategy and design and global mobile UX strategy for IBM Interactive, one of the world’s largest digital agencies. He helped shape IBM’s approach and methodologies for designing and developing new experiences and strategies across a range of industries and Fortune 100 brands. Earlier in his career, he developed and launched the Gamestop brand for the largest video gaming retailer in the U.S. He holds a master of science in integrated marketing/advertising from Northwestern University

Larry Peters
Professor Emeritus, Management and Leadership Development

Dr. Peters is a recognized expert in leadership development with more than 20 years of consulting, teaching and coaching on leadership, culture change and individual development for a variety of businesses, nonprofits and government organizations. He is the author of numerous articles in prestigious journals, chapters in leadership books and author of The Simple Truths About Leadership: Turning Your People into Your Partners. He is a four-time winner of TCU-wide teaching awards and teaches transformational leadership, consulting, high-engagement leadership and competitive advantage through people for the TCU MBA program. He holds an AB from Washington University, MS in industrial psychology from Southern Illinois University and PhD from Purdue University.

David Preston
Professor of Information Systems

Dr. David Preston is a Professor of Information Systems for the Neeley School of Business. Dr. Preston’s research interests include the role and impact of technology executives in the organization, technology strategic alignment, the impact of technology on organizational performance, and business intelligence/analytics. His work has been published in academic journals including: MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management Information Systems, Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly Executive. Furthermore, Dr. Preston has served as an Associate Editor for MIS Quarterly and currently serves as a Senior Editor for the Journal of the Association of Information Systems and has also won awards for excellence in MBA teaching. He has over 10 years of industry experience in technology, analytics, and project management positions. Dr. Preston consults and leads executive workshops and seminars in analytics, project management, technology strategy and innovation.

Hettie Richardson
Professor and Chair of the Department of Management, Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Dr. Richardson is an expert on employee involvement, empowerment and voice. He award-winning research focuses on employee relations, human resources, employee involvement and organizational effectiveness, and has been published in prestigious academic journals including Human Resource Management, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Management, Group and Organizational Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior. She has consulted for Home Depot, Lamar Advertising, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Athens Regional Medical Center and other companies and organizations. Dr. Richardson holds a BA from the University of Houston and MA and PhD from the University of Georgia.

Jim Roach
Executive Director, TCU Neeley Executive Education

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois. 

Tracey Rockett
Associate Professor of Management Practice

Dr. Rockett is an expert in organizational behavior, group dynamics, intragroup relationships and organizational culture. Her research focuses on group dynamics in organizational settings, developing an understanding of familiarity and its consequences for groups, relational demography and conflict resolution. She has served as the Koehler Center Fellow for Distance Education at TCU and the associate academic director for the Neeley Fellows honors program. She holds a BS in psychology from Texas A&M University and a PhD in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Michael Sherrod
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence

Michael Sherrod began his career in 1976 by starting a magazine publishing company right out of grad school. He transitioned from the print world into the online world in 1985 when he helped manage a video-text news service for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In his career Michael has founded or co-founded 15 companies, including Black Dove Media, DigitalCity.com, AOL Local and Examiner.com. Additionally, he has served in senior management roles and started new companies inside CapCities/ABC, AMR Information Services, AOL, Ancestry.com, and The Anschutz Companies. In 2010, he served as the first Publisher of The Texas Tribune (www.texastribune.org), a non-profit, non-partisan media site covering Texas government, politics, and public policy and is founding board member.

Michael is Chairman of the Board of the Urban Library Council, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute, the world’s leading research institute for sex, gender and reproduction, and a former board member of the Craigslist Foundation. He also serves as board member and advisor to a number of online organizations around the world and is an active Angel investor. Michael is an author and frequent speaker on online, cultural and media issues.

Sherrod holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied in the interdisciplinary Great Books Program, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an MBA from The Neeley School of Business at TCU.

Abbie Shipp
Department Chair, Management and Leadership

Dr. Abbie Shipp is a Professor of Management and Faculty Director for ‘The Adaptive Leader” executive education program at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She is an award-winning professor, teaching graduate and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: how individuals think about the past/present/future, trajectories of work experiences over time, how individuals react to change, and how time is spent on work tasks. She has published a two-volume book on how time impacts work environments and she is currently an editorial board member of four premier journals in management. Dr. Shipp has previously taught at Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina. In addition, she has worked for The Boeing Company, TV Guide, and as a consultant for companies of all sizes. Dr. Shipp holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Greg Stephens
Associate Professor of Management and Leadership

Dr. Stephens is a Texas court qualified mediator, an ombudsman for the Academy of Management and a sought-after management coach. He conducts training and facilitation for numerous organizations as an expert in dialogue/communication, negotiation, conflict management, team-building and other key management skills. His research on leadership development, work-life balance, cross-cultural management and other topics has been published in prominent professional journals. He holds a BS in psychology and MBA from Brigham Young University and a PhD in management from the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Stephens teaches both undergraduate and graduates classes at TCU and has been honored with several TCU teaching awards. He is the academic director of the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.

Morgan Swink
Eunice and James L. West Chair in Supply Chain Management
Executive Director, TCU Center for Supply Chain Innovation

Dr. Swink has been honored as the No. 19 Top Innovation Management Scholar in the World and a Distinguished Scholar by the Academy of Management. A highly respected scholar and expert in supply chain, his research addresses cutting-edge competencies in supply chain management, financial impacts of supply chain management, supply chain organizational structures, innovation initiatives and project success factors, collaborative integration and co-development partnerships. His research has been published in numerous prestigious academic journals. Dr. Swink consults and leads executive workshops and seminars in supply chain management best practices, cross-organizational integration, project management, operational flexibility and breakthrough thinking for innovation and productivity. He holds a BS from Southern Methodist University, MBA from the University of Dallas and PhD from Indiana University.

Mary Uhl-Bien
BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership at TCU

Dr. Uhl-Bien is a renowned leader and researcher on complexity leadership, relational leadership and followership. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant for organizations around the world. She has published more than 50 articles and manuscripts, five books and a textbook on Organizational Behavior. Her award-winning research on leadership has been published in premier management and leadership journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management and The Leadership Quarterly. Her research has been funded with grants from Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Uhl-Bien earned her BBA, MBA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati.

Mary J. Waller
M.J. Neeley Professor of Management

Dr. Waller earned her Ph.D. in organization science from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.Sc. degree in information systems from the University of Colorado, and her B.B.A. degree in petroleum land management from the University of Oklahoma. Before beginning her academic career, she worked in the petroleum, aviation, and software industries -- work that often involved collaborating in teams under time-pressured situations. That experience helped motivate her program in team dynamics research, resulting in 25 years of research involving studies of flight crews, nuclear power crews, emergency medical teams, harbor management teams, mine rescue teams, military and other teams, all working under stressful situations. Her work has been published in numerous outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Group & Organization Management, and has been quoted in press outlets including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She holds numerous research and teaching awards, has been awarded research grants from the Army Research Institute and other government institutions. As a consultant, Dr. Waller helps organizations craft evidence-based solutions for specific issues, and develops workshops and training simulations for client organizations on the topics of team dynamics and crisis management. She served an elected term on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management from 2012-2015, and remains an active member of several international scholarly organizations.

David Weltman
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Practice

Dr. David Weltman is the Associate Professor of Supply Chain Practice for the Neeley School of Business specializing in applied learning, analysis of teaching methods, business statistical models and distribution of inventory management. He teaches in range of programs including at the undergraduate programs, MBA and EMBA graduate programs. Recently taking on a new course for the Neeley Fellows, David has also participated in the “Leading with Data Analytics” certificate program for TCU Neeley Executive Education as well as presented at the Executive Insights Lunch series for the business community. Prior to his career in academia, he spent 15 years at IBM in consulting and services and in marketing technology solutions.

Eric Yorkston
Associate Professor of Marketing

Dr. Yorkston is an expert on branding, product development, consumer psychology, consumer behavior, and global influences on consumption. He has lead study trips to Japan, Chile, Mexico, Cuba and Peru. His research on branding has been featured in numerous academic journals including Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research and Journal of Advertising, as well as The New Yorker. He teaches both MBA students and executives at TCU, and has taught students and executives at the University of Hawaii, University of Southern California and University of California at San Diego. He holds a BA from the University of Colorado, MBA from Rutgers University, and MPhil and PhD from New York University.

Fort Worth – Dallas Area

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