Dean Peter Rodriguez

All my life, I've known that being a part of Rice University is incredibly special. As an academic, I've also had the good fortune to appreciate its place among high-performing students, scholars and artists. I am thrilled to join the Jones Graduate School of Business and to have the honor to serve as its dean.

My family and I are delighted to come to a world-class, diverse city and join a vibrant and welcoming community. Houston has so much to offer. We are also excited to return to Texas after 13 great years in Charlottesville, VA. We can't wait to get settled and begin our new journey with Rice. I am grateful to everyone who has so generously given their time to support our transition and introduce me to the Rice family. I look forward to meeting all our students and alumni and to forging deeper relationships with the business community, the greater Rice University community and our business school faculty and staff.

I am proud to succeed Bill Glick. He would be the last to say it, but his vision, tenacity and fortitude have made the Jones School the most rapidly rising business school in the nation for the last 11 years. This is an especially impressive feat in a challenging and highly competitive environment.

I have much to learn from all of you and to act upon in the next few months, and I feel ready for the challenge. The Jones School is a fantastic place with a rich history and an outstanding reputation for scholarship. The sense of community, optimism and enthusiasm is even stronger than I imagined. I am excited to get started today and look forward to meeting all of you. Until then, my door is open, my heart is full, and my focus is on our bright future.

Peter Rodriguez
Dean, Jones Graduate School of Business