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08: Peter Rodriguez on Launching Large Scale Programs

A peer-to-peer discussion with the dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Show notes: On this episode of Deans Counsel, moderators Jim Ellis and David Ikenberry speak with Peter Rodriguez, Dean and Professor of Strategic Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

Under Peter's leadership since 2016, the Jones school has seen doubled MBA enrollment, a 35% increase in tenured faculty numbers, and the launch of an undergraduate Business major, among many other successful initiatives.

In his conversation with Jim and Dave, we hear Pete's views and experience on a number of topics including:

  • Planning for up-front services and associated costs

  • Mobilizing political support

  • The power of conviction

  • Dealing with cultural shifts in student dynamics

  • Planning for down-stream challenges

Learn more about Peter Rodriguez:

Alexander Peter Rodriguez:

Peter Rodriguez has been dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University since 2016. During that time, he has doubled MBA enrollment, grown the tenure-track faculty by more than 35%, introduced the first online graduate degree at Rice, launched the undergraduate business major, renovated McNair Hall, including a new public art project, and helped the Rice Business community survive Hurricane Harvey and grow stronger during COVID-19.

His tenure as dean has also ushered in a new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a relationship with The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management and a rise in underrepresented minority students. He established an operations faculty group, lead the successful and growing entrepreneurship initiatives at Rice, and built into the curriculum a global field experience for every student.

An economist and professor of strategic management, Peter also teaches MBA classes on leadership and has instilled the core values of being attentive, responsive, and kind as central to the culture of Rice Business.

He is presently serving a three-year term on The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch board of directors, providing input on regional economic conditions as part of its monetary policy functions. He is also a board member for three nonprofit organizations: Good Reason Houston, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, and Texas 2036.


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