Jones School Leadership
Dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management
William (Bill) H. Glick, Ph.D., H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management, has served as dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business since July 2005. While at Rice University, Dr. Glick has supported significant curriculum revisions in existing programs and launched four new programs:
- Rice MBA for Professionals (weekday evening and weekend options)
- Rice Undergraduate Business Minor
- Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program (REEP)
- Ph.D. in Business
Total enrollments are up by roughly 50 percent, admission standards are at record levels, and all three Rice MBA programs are leaders in terms of percentages of women and underrepresented minorities. Improvements in all programs have been widely recognized in major publications such as Business Week, Financial Times, Economist, U.S. News & World Report, and the Princeton Review. Read More >
Senior Associate Dean of Degree Programs
Associate Professor of Finance
Barbara Ostdiek is senior associate dean of degree programs and associate professor of finance at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Her research interests focus on portfolio formation, information flow and volatility, and volatility modeling. Barbara’s research has been published in top academic journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. A member of the Jones School faculty since 1994, she has taught a variety of courses, most recently Portfolio Management, Economic Environment of Business, International Finance, and Applied Risk Management. Barbara received the Jones Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, 2004, and 2009.
On the board of trustees for the USAA Investment Management Company, Barbara is a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Investment Committee, and a co-captain of the Classy Chassis Ride & Drive. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in international affairs from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986 and earned a Ph.D. in business administration (finance) from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1994. Prior to returning to school for her Ph.D., Barbara was a portfolio manager and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs
Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting
K. Ramesh is deputy dean of academic affairs and professor of accounting at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. His academic research has focused on: (1) capital market information environment; (2) the role of accounting information in contracting and regulation; and (3) financial information/disclosures and valuation. His recent research examines the extent of voluntary disclosure of corporate accounting information, the information content of financial reports mandated by securities regulators, the role of newswires and data aggregators in disseminating corporate accounting information to different investors, and the interplay between mandatory regulation and voluntary disclosures.
Ramesh has published in leading academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Finance. His research was cited in the recent study conducted by the AAA Research Impact Task Force on the role of academic accounting research on professional practice. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of the Accounting Review and an associate editor of FMA Online.
Currently the president of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) of the American Accounting Association and a member of the FARS Steering Board, Ramesh was also a member of American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting Standards Committee during 2004-6. He was the research sessions coordinator for the 2006 FARS Mid-Year Meeting and a member of the FARS Research Program Committee for the 2010 AAA Annual Meeting. He has interacted with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on various issues relating to standard setting and disclosure regulation. His interactions with the FASB ranges from an invitation in early 1990s to discuss potential improvements to disclosures on derivative financial instruments and fair values of financial instruments to a participation as the academic representative for a key panel session “Conceptual framework: Bedrock issues” in 2006.
Ramesh earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University, where he was the Plante & Moran Faculty Fellow and Director of Accounting Doctoral Program. He was an academic fellow at the Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during 2007-8. During his tenure as vice president at two leading economic consulting firms, Ramesh worked with leading law firms, Big-4 audit firms, major corporations and governmental agencies.
Senior Associate Dean of Executive Education
and Associate Professor of Management and Psychology
Prior to his current academic appointments, Dr. Smith was a member of the faculty at London Business School and Cornell University where he taught in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Johnson Graduate School of Management. He has also taught for shorter periods at the University of California at Berkeley, Oxford University, and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and has conducted executive programs around the world for companies such as Shell, IBM, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Barclays, KPMG, ExxonMobil, BP, ADCO, Lufthansa, DeBeers, Schneider Electric, Microsoft, El Paso Energy, Veritas, Dynegy, ONGC, CGG Inc., Marathon Oil, Citibank, RedBull, Phillip Morris International, Swedbank, Ulster Bank, RBS, and Total.
His teaching interests focus primarily on leadership and management development. Dr. Smith’s executive programs include Leading and Managing Change, Talent Development and Coaching, and Leading and Managing High Performance Teams. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.
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Assistant Dean of External Relations
Rachel Render is the assistant dean of external relations. She was previously the director of development and interim external relations team lead for the Jones School. Rachel brought the school through the successful completion of the $65 million Centennial Campaign by working with the school’s Council of Overseers, faculty, staff, students, Jones Partners, alumni and a variety of stakeholders throughout the Rice community.
She has led the school’s fundraising efforts on important initiatives, such as relaunching the Master of Accounting Degree Program, initiating the Military Scholars Program, supporting the Crownover Scholars Program and overseeing the management of the Jones Fund.
Prior to joining Rice in 2011, Rachel served in a progression of assistant and associate director roles in development and alumni relations at the University of Michigan for eight years, primarily within the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. In addition to her accomplishments within the Jones School, she has been an invited presenter at conferences for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Accounting Programs Leadership Group – Federation of Schools of Accountancy.