The Dallas Morning News
OU dean to join TCU
He’ ll lead business school and teach entrepreneurship
Daniel Pullin, dean of the business school at the University of Oklahoma since 2014, will take over the business school at Texas Christian University.
TCU announced Pullin’s hiring Wednesday. He’ll also teach entrepreneurship and innovation at the Neeley School of Business. He’ll begin his duties May 31.
At OU, Pullin is credited with boosting graduate program enrollment by 50 percent in five years. He also created entrepreneurship initiatives and established an innovation hub on campus.
Last month, OU’S MBA programs placed among the top 35 public universities in U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking. Its fulltime MBA came in 31st and its professional MBA was 29th — the school’s highest ranking in 15 years.
The university also began working on an aerospace defense master’s degree that could be ready this year or next.
Fort Worth, TCU’S home, is a major aerospace hub that employs thousands of workers on highprofile defense projects, such as Lockheed Martin’s massive F35 fighter jet assembly plant.
Before joining OU in 2006, Pullin was vice president of strategy and business development for Carrolltonbased Home Interiors & Gifts, a defunct direct sales company founded by Mary Crowley, sisterinlaw of Mary Kay Inc. founder Mary Kay Ash. Early in his career, he worked for Dallas private equity firm Hicks Muse Tate & Furst and global consulting firm Mckinsey & Co.
Pullin, who holds undergraduate and law degrees from OU and an MBA from Harvard, applied for OU’S presidency last year to succeed David Boren, a former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator. Business executive James Gallogly was later hired to replace Boren.
“Daniel’s proven track record, leadership style and financial aptitude are the perfect complements” to TCU’S business programs, said Teresa Abinader Dahlberg, its provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
TCU is a private university with nearly 11,000 students, including about 1,500 in its graduate programs.