TCU Energy Institute Update

For more than a decade, the TCU Energy Institute has been a vital resource to prepare students for careers in the energy industry. Today I am pleased to announce its next chapter: a transition from the College of Science & Engineering to the Neeley School of Business.

This strategic move to the Neeley School of Business will allow the TCU Energy Institute to equip the next generation of energy leaders with vital business acumen to enhance their success. The strong partnerships and connections formed through the College of Science & Engineering will remain; their talented instructors will continue to provide expertise in geology, environmental sciences and engineering, all critical to the success of an interdisciplinary energy institute. The institute’s physical location will remain in Rees-Jones Hall.

photo of Dean Hartman and Dean PullinThis cross-campus collaboration opens up new opportunities for students, industry, research and business to come together and make a larger collaborative impact. Opportunities include leveraging professional networks, honing business acumen, and enhancing undergraduate and graduate curricular offerings to operate alongside the TCU Energy MBA, ranked #2 in the nation.

Dr. Phil Hartman, Dean of the College of Science & Engineering, said: “I am grateful to the exceptional leadership of Richard Denne, and to his predecessor, Ken Morgan, who helped found and guide the TCU Energy Institute. I look forward to this new relationship with the Neeley School of Business to expand the institute’s important role for students, faculty and energy professionals. I believe this move will further enhance interdisciplinary efforts of current and future programs and activities.”

Daniel Pullin, J.D., the John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business, added: “We are excited to add an important new dimension to an already successful institute. The TCU Energy Institute is a perfect fit for the Neeley School of Business and our commitment to institutionalizing innovation across TCU and beyond. The TCU Energy MBA enjoys a solid reputation in the industry and is ranked the #2 graduate energy program in the nation. Our partnership with NAPE to deliver the national MBA Energy Case Competition provides a compelling platform for even more international exposure and impact for TCU. Taken together, TCU’s combined portfolio of energy excellence will open new doors for both undergraduate and graduate students as we further strengthen TCU’s academic profile.”

One of the first innovations is the expansion of the curriculum with a planned Certificate in Sustainable Energy, to provide graduate students and young professionals with expertise in the fast-moving and dynamic energy landscape as companies advance their course on issues pertaining to the environment, sustainability and government.

Larry Brogdon ’11, TCU Energy Institute board member, said: “Over the years I have seen the TCU Energy Institute successfully grow and evolve, and this move will further expand connections within the business community.”

Finally, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ann Bluntzer, associate professor of professional practice in management and leadership, as acting director. Dr. Bluntzer is program director for the TCU Energy MBA and has served on the TCU Energy Institute board since 2013. She has taught Geopolitics of Energy, Energy in the 21st Century, and Renewable Energy Viability at the Neeley School for the past eight years. Welcome, Dr. Bluntzer!

Thank you,

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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