New position filled at Jones Graduate School of Business

RenbergBen Renberg is well versed in the accomplishments and service of Jesse H. Jones.

Recently named assistant dean for External Relations at Rice University's Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Renberg is responsible for developing and executing long-term strategies for cultivating philanthropic support among JGSB’s key constituencies — a mission for which Jesse Jones would approve. “Jesse Jones’ footprint left a legacy for our community as a business and civic leader. It is an honor to be part of the Jones family legacy and a privilege to join the Rice community,” Renberg said.

JGSB Dean Bill Glick announced the creation and staffing of this new position. “We’re thrilled to welcome Ben to Rice. He has wide-ranging experience in development roles and is a great guy. Many of us met him initially when he volunteered his Saturday morning to help Rice MBAs prepare to work with local non-profit boards during a training session for our Board Fellows program. Consistent with the legacy of Jesse Jones, Ben was helping to make a difference in Houston by helping to develop future leaders.”

Renberg comes to the Jones School from Dini Partners, a comprehensive consulting firm specializing in the nonprofit community, where he was a partner. His extensive background in the nonprofit sector also included tenure at Baylor University as associate vice president for development, Baylor College of Medicine as director of development and Methodist Children’s Home. Prior to his work in philanthropy, he worked in the oil and gas industry.

Charged to direct the external relations of the school, which includes development, alumni affairs and corporate relations, Renberg will also manage the JGSB annual fund and the JGSB portion of the university-wide capital campaign. The highly visible position matches his personality. “I look forward to meeting the Jones School community and working with the Council of Overseers, dean, faculty, and the professional team,” he said. “It is inspiring to see the impact Jones School graduates have in our community and the world. The fact that many graduates remain in Houston, drive innovation and participate in the business community makes the Jones School an important link to our great city.” He and his family reside in Houston and are native Texans.

Equipped with a B.A. and M.B.A. from Baylor University, Renberg starts his new position in October.