The Jones School creates new position of associate dean for programs

Barbara Ostdiek, associate professor of finance, has been named associate dean for programs and will assume official responsibilities July 1.

“We are extremely happy that Barbara has accepted this leadership role at the Jones Graduate School of Business. This newly created position reflects an expansion and splitting of the senior associate dean role that Jeff Fleming recently passed to K. Ramesh,” stated Bill Glick, dean and H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management. “Upcoming strategic initiatives have expanded these responsibilities beyond a single role. Going forward, we need a faculty associate dean focused on innovation in our degree programs targeting distinct student and employer groups for each program. We also need a senior associate dean with more focus on developing the faculty and enhancing our impact and reputation. With these pieces in place, we will start a search for an assistant dean of programs, replacing Sean Ferguson. Barbara is highly regarded by staff, students and faculty as a great contributor in the classroom, in research and to the school as a whole. I am confident she will lead our programs on a path of excellence.”

Professor Ostdiek is committed to having an even greater impact. “I look forward to working with the talented faculty and staff of the Jones School as we continue to enhance and refine our academic programs,” commented Ostdiek. “A faculty at the forefront of business research and education, a staff dedicated to crafting the highest-quality student experience, and a strong base of alumni and corporate support, combine to put us in an excellent position to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the changing nature of the MBA markets.”

In addition to her new role as associate dean of programs, Professor Ostdiek will continue her research and teaching as a member of the finance group. On the Jones School faculty since 1994, Ostdiek has taught a variety of courses across all of the degree programs, most recently Portfolio Management and Economic Environment of Business, and she served for several years as the academic director of the El Paso Corporation Finance Center. She received the Jones Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, 2004 and 2009. Her research, which focuses on investments and asset pricing, includes articles published in the top academic journals that address optimal portfolio formation, information flow and volatility within and across markets, and volatility modeling.

Ostdiek serves as audit committee chair on the board of trustees for the USAA Investment Management Company mutual funds and is an independent member of the Salient Partners Index Committee. She is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo investment committee and serves on the board of directors of Musiqa. Ostdiek graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in international affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received a Ph.D. in finance from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Prior to returning to school for her Ph.D., Ostdiek was a portfolio manager and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.