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College of Business names new dean

Rama Yelkur will serve as the new dean for the College of Business at Texas Woman’s University beginning June 1. She will take over the position of the current dean, James Lumpkin, who will retire May 31.

“I am humbled and honored to lead the College of Business, building on the programs in women’s leadership and health care grounded in the deep commitment of TWU to the student experience and the community,” Yelkur said in an interview with TWU. “I look forward to forging relationships with alumni and business communities in Denton, Dallas and Houston. Most importantly, I am looking forward to serving the students in the TWU College of Business, providing them with global experiences and opportunities, and preparing them to lead and serve both in their workplace and society.”

Yelkur earned her bachelors from Ethiraj College for Women in India and her masters from PSG College of Technology. She graduated from the Management in Leadership Education program from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she earned her doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University, where she specialized in marketing.

Yelker served as a dean at the Carmona College of Business and Management at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan and at the School of Business at St. John Fisher College located in New York most recently.

Along with serving as dean at two other institutions, Yelker was a director of International Business Programs at the University of Wisconsin and the Stevens Center for Family Business at Saginaw Valley State.

“Dr. Yelkur’s robust portfolio of experiences will be incredibly valuable in leading the College of Business,” said Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Carolyn Kapinus. “Dr. Yelkur’s strong background in leadership, accreditation, outreach and fundraising as well as her commitment to diversity makes her an excellent fit for TWU.”

Yelker has worked in fields such as advertising and sports marketing, and has worked for the National Football League, Kimberly-Clark and NBC Universal. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Kiplinger and Forbes for her work and research on Super Bowl advertising. She has also been interviewed by news anchors on CNN, Fox News and CNBC.

She also has experience with the Association to Advance College Schools of Business (AACSB), an international non-profit organization that provides business education intelligence, learning and development services and assurance to member organizations and business schools. She currently serves on the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee and has chaired AACSB peer-review teams.

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