Dr. Lynette Gillis will assume the role as Interim Dean of the College of Business on July 15. The College of Business has been working on an interim succession plan for more than three years and Dr. Gillis has been well-prepared for this role, including the support of her colleagues.
Dr. Gillis began at CTX in 2008, and is currently a full-time business Assistant Professor of Management. The areas she specializes in include international business, leadership and strategic management. She has also been serving as the director of the undergraduate Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) program where she was responsible for developing the course schedule, hiring of all part-time instructors, student advising, curriculum assessment planning and data reporting. Dr. Gillis has worked closely with Dr. Donald Christian to ensure that the program quality, growth and improvements provide a robust and relevant curriculum in the College of Business.
In addition, Dr. Gillis created the business scholar program, where she is actively involved with the Ethics in Business and Community Awards for the greater Austin area, as well as oversees the Business Thrivent Scholars Program. In addition to her role as full-time professor, Dr. Gillis has served as the chair of general education committee and previously as the chair of the faculty welfare committee.
As Interim Dean, Dr. Gillis will oversee the College of Business operations and academic processes and provide leadership and oversight to its graduate and undergraduate programs for all locations, including the main campus, remote centers and on-line. Dr. Gillis will also take over the Speaker Series and oversee the College of Business budgets.
"Dr. Gillis has all the qualities needed to be successful in this interim role – she understands the needs of faculty and students, has the respect of the broader CTX faculty, and is well known and respected throughout the greater Austin region," Dr. Donald Christian said. "I’m excited to work with her in this interim role and I know that she will continue to build the College of Business at Concordia."
A search process will begin in Fall 2014 for the next College of Business Dean.
Dr. Gillis earned her Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and four children.