Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Southwestern Business Deans’ Association (SWBDA) website. I am honored to serve as the SWBDA President for 2016-17. Our membership consists of deans and associate deans of colleges/schools of business. Our current members come from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

SWBDA has developed over many years as an organization that serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas among its members. Our annual meeting provides a friendly atmosphere for the sharing of new ways of accomplishing the goals of our academic institutions. It is held in June and begins on the Sunday before Father’s Day. For our next meeting in 2017, the dates are June 11-13.

Educational leadership has been one of our ongoing agenda items for the annual meeting. An example of this at our June 2016 meeting featured Dave Viotti, Founder and CEO of Smallify LLC, who presented on Designing Deans: Design Thinking for Business Schools. The meeting always features an AACSB update, and this year it was provided by Christine Clements, EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, and Michael Wiemer, VP and Chief Officer Americas, AACSB International. Each year, the Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Awards, sponsored by Bloomberg Businessweek, provides your school the opportunity to submit a program that will showcase your school. The award recognizes innovative excellence in management education. Winning teams make presentations at the annual meeting, thereby stimulating further ideas. The winner receives $1,500 and the runner-up receives $1,000. The sessions are always thought-provoking, with stimulating discussion.

If your school is not currently a member of SWBDA, I hope you will join us and enjoy the tremendous benefits of our conference. You may contact me (John Williams) at jawill14@uno.edu or Ms. Marsha Whitney, the association’s coordinator, at marshawhitney@outlook.com if you have any questions about membership or the annual meeting.

Please join us in Colorado Springs in June 2017 as we continue our tradition of sharing the latest relevant information in a friendly and entertaining atmosphere. I hope to see you there!!

John Williams

John A. Williams, Ph.D.
SWBDA President, 2016-17
Dean and Professor of Strategy
College of Business Administration
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

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