Jones School announces new associate dean of degree programs


George AndrewsThe Jones School is pleased to announce that George Andrews has been named associate dean of degree programs. In this role, he will have leadership responsibility for each of the MBA programs, the Career Management Center and the Office of Admissions. George will report to the senior associate dean of degree programs and will be a member of the dean’s leadership team. He will join the dean’s suite October 13.


George served as associate dean for evening MBA and weekend MBA programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. At Booth, he has led a series of innovative programmatic, student recruitment and development initiatives, increasing yield in the evening and weekend programs from 79 to 90 percent. George dramatically improved the win ratio versus the programs’ primary competitor and has also had great success in improving both faculty and student satisfaction with the experience in his programs.


"I am so excited about the opportunity to join the great team of individuals at the Jones School. Whether it be the students, alumni, faculty or staff, everyone at the Jones School exhibits the same contagious and winning attitude,” George said. “This, along with Rice's commitment to create change that improves the quality of life, is an equation that resonates strongly with me."


George joined Booth seven years ago from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester where he was executive director of the executive development programs. He started his career at Procter & Gamble as a section manager and spent the next 16 years in increasingly senior roles at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and then Bausch & Lomb. George earned his MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business and his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M. 


“George's experience, skill set and approach are precisely what we were looking for in this position,” said Barbara Ostdiek, senior associate dean of degree programs. “He is a proven leader with an exceptionally strong record in building and delivering business education programs. For the Jones School, the timing is perfect for George to join the leadership team. I look forward to working closely with him as we strengthen and expand our program offerings."


George, his wife Carolyn, and their four children are delighted to be moving back home to Texas, and the Jones School community is delighted to welcome them.