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William H. Glick

William H. Glick

Dean and H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management (Organizational Behavior)

McNair Hall, Room 210 - E


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 pursued a successful growth for excellence strategy.  During this period, the school has:


Developed and completed a $65,000,000 capital campaign focused on scholarships, faculty and programs.

Built full-time faculty to 64 (up from 48 in Fall 2005). Increased the number of excellent faculty holding endowed chair positions from 13 to 20.

Improved faculty recruiting and research support, contributing to an increase in research productivity in the top 45 academic and practitioner journals tracked by the Financial Times.  The increased productivity led to a top 28 ranking among Financial Times Full-time MBA programs in the U.S. Four faculty members also were recognized among the most prolific scholars in recent publications in marketing and management.

Enhanced faculty teaching quality, resulting in an “A” from Businessweek for the MBA for Professionals program and rated top 10 for Best Professors by Princeton Review for three consecutive years. 

Supported and developed current faculty leading to promotions for the majority of full-time faculty continuing from 2005.

Significantly revised curriculum 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 and Ph.D. in Business.

Increased total enrollment 81 percent while improving selectivity and admissions standards. All three Rice MBA programs are now among top 25 in student quality metrics.  In the Rice MBA full-time program, average GMAT scores increased from 602 to 676 and selectivity moved to 24th place in the 2014  US News top 50. Rice MBA for Executives admissions standards also improved with average work experience up to 14 years. And, the executives ranked 6th in ‘salary today’ in the U.S. among alumni 3 years post graduation with an annual salary of roughly $198,000 –Student quality for the Rice MBA for Professionals was ranked A+ for “Caliber of Classmates” by Businessweek.

Established Rice MBA as a diversity leader across all three programs in terms of percentages of women and underrepresented minorities. Among US News Top 50 Full-Time MBA Programs, our percentages of underrepresented minorities typically rank among the top 15 and our percentages of women are generally among the top 20. Based on our benchmarking of top part-time programs, our underrepresented minority percentage typically ranks among the top 5. Although comparative data is not available among EMBA programs, our percentage of underrepresented minorities is probably among the top 5 nationally.

Followed the vision of Jesse H. Jones to develop and/or create several local and global community-oriented activities, including: Rice Summer Business Institute for under-served high school students; Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program to develop innovative leadership for K-12 under-served schools; Houston Oriented Social Enterprise Case Analysis as a capstone course for Rice MBA for Executives and for Professionals; and Rice Board Fellows program that places Rice MBA students on local non-profit boards.

Reached out to the business community with more symposia, speaker events and Action Learning Projects. This has contributed to the creation of a network of 50 corporate investors.

Value to alumni and employers is up significantly across all three Rice MBA programs with Professional MBA graduates ranked top 10 in salary increases while in the program by Businessweek. In the U.S., full-time and EMBA graduates are both ranked among the top 15 in aims achieved, top 25 in salary 3 years after graduation and top 2 in percentage salary increase from matriculation to 3 years after graduation by Financial Times (Part-time programs not ranked by Financial Times).

Developed strong corporate relations program to connect to major recruiters, employers of fully employed students, donors, executive education and alumni.

Increased alumni giving participation rate by more than 30 percent with current use gifts to the annual fund totaling more than five times prior annual giving.

With total enrollments increasing over 80 percent, modest tuition increases consistent with peer schools, rapid growth in executive education and increased philanthropic support, total revenues for the Jones School have increased 79 percent from FY06 through FY13.

As a prolific scholar in top management journals, Dr. Glick was inducted as one of 33 charter members of the Academy of Management's Journals Hall of Fame. He was also named as one of the top 100 authors in management based on the numbers of citations to their research. His primary teaching and research are in the areas of knowledge management, job and organizational design, and business process redesign.


Dr. Glick received his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of California-Berkeley in 1981 and his A.B. in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1975. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Texas at Austin where he became Director of the Business Honors Program. He also served as the chair of the Department of Management at Arizona State University and a visiting professor at INSEAD. He currently serves as Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB),on the Leadership Circle for Vision 2020, a national organization dedicated to gender equality, and on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star Advisory Board. 

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