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Meet The New Dean Of UH’s Bauer College Of Business

Paul Pavlou started as the school’s dean on July 1.

Paul Pavlou, who has done research in data analytics and digital business strategy, started as the new dean of the Bauer College of Business on July 1.


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The University of Houston's Bauer College of Business' new dean, Paul Pavlou, started his position on July 1.

While he comes from Temple University's Fox School of Business, where he was an associate dean, Pavlou isn't new to Houston, having earned his bachelor's in electrical engineering from Rice University.

Pavlou told News 88.7 he has some ambitious goals for the Bauer College, whose MBA program U.S. News & World Report currently ranks 95th in the country.

"I made a commitment to be in the top 50 business schools in the country in five years and the top 25 in 10 years," he said.

And how does he want to achieve that?

"We have to improve all our programs, starting with some of these areas of excellence that we have already and then continuing with all our programs, including the MBA program," Pavlou said.

He's working on a strategic plan with stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and the business community to " try to see how we can bring together all of our competencies, our strengths, and to see what are the opportunities in the city of Houston, in the state of Texas."

Pavlou wants to work closer with industry groups and companies and even the National Football League regarding data analytics.

"The NFL is definitely a very notable organization, sports is very big thing in Houston and I'm personally very excited about sports," said Pavlou, who used to play basketball for the Cyprus national team. "So I think we can make a contribution to the whole industry there."

He also believes the Bauer College can contribute to Houston's push to become a top tech innovation city, by training students in its analytics and entrepreneurship programs.

"And we're thinking about how we can create programs on the management of artificial intelligence," Pavlou said. "And I think training students who can get into the workforce knowing the latest generation technologies will be something very notable."

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