The good news keeps coming at the Michael F. Price College of Business. After a great fall semester, the spring semester has started with three new rankings increases!
Our Energy Institute’s EMBA in Energy program has been named No. 1 in the country by Hart Energy’s Oil and Gas Investor magazine, one of the industry’s premier publications. More information follows below, but please click here if you’d like to jump to the rankings news.
The College also announced brand-new ranking jumps in both U.S. News and World Report and Poets&Quants for Undergrads. In the 2020 U.S. News Best Online Programs rankings, Price College has jumped 15 spots to No. 55 in the nation for its online master’s business program (non-MBA) after debuting in 2019. In late December, Poets&Quants announced another double-digit jump for Price College in its Best of 2020 ranking, to No. 57, up nearly 20 spots from last year. Read more about these rankings here.
In fact, the past calendar year has been filled with so many great rises in rankings, the University of Oklahoma recently posted an online story full of information about it here.
I’m also excited to announce that Ken Petersen has been named the new director of the Marketing and Supply Chain Management Division. Ken, who joined Price College in 2018 as the Helen Robson Walton Chair in Marketing Strategy, brings thorough prior teaching, service, and scholarship, and we look forward to the vision he has for the future. Ken also recently was named to the list of Top 20 supply chain management researchers in the world, which you can also read about below. With Ken’s leadership, be looking for great things to come from the Division of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.
Additionally, thanks to a great partnership with ConocoPhillips, facilitated by our dear friend and alumna Glenda Schwarz (BBA, Accounting, 1988), Vice President and Controller of ConocoPhillips, we are happy to announce that Dipankar Ghosh has been named the first ConocoPhillips Chair in Energy Accounting. You can read more about this new opportunity below, but I’d like to personally thank Glenda and ConocoPhillips for their continued friendship and support.
Finally, with mixed feelings, I’d like to announce the spring retirement of Fran Ayres, our Associate Dean for Faculty and Research Innovation and Dale Looper Chair in Accounting. For nearly 40 years, Fran has touched the lives of thousands of students and fellow academicians. Fran was the first tenure track female faculty member in the Steed School of Accounting, and the majority of her career has been spent in service as Division Director for the Steed School of Accounting, Associate Dean for Price College, and leadership in professional accounting and accreditation organizations. On a personal level, she is a dear friend and mentor, and the impact she has made on Price College, OU, and me is profound, long-lasting, and cannot be overstated. Information about an opportunity to give to a new fellowship created in her honor follows below. We will officially celebrate Fran’s retirement at the end of this semester so be on the lookout for more details on that reception very soon.
The spring is always filled with excitement and possibilities, and I’d like to thank you for your ongoing support of Price College. Our faculty and staff work tirelessly to shape students into the future leaders our society deserves, and our hard work is only matched by the enthusiasm and support each of you continues to contribute. Together, we share in the many successes that continue to drive this College, and we are grateful for your partnership. Please take a moment to read a few examples of how our students, alumni, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders continue to fulfill the Purpose of Price®.