Faculty Focus



Dr. Raul Rodriguez-Barocio, distinguished professor of finance, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S.- Mexico Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to improving the symbiotic relationship between the two countries by expanding opportunity for the people of Mexico. In early May, Rodriguez-Borocio spoke at the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum on Mexico’s historic energy reform. The forum focused on the implications of Mexico’s new energy reforms on business in the country and the benefits of Mexico working closely with Texas companies in the Eagle Ford Shale.

International Business

Dr. Pat LeMay Burr, distinguished chair in international business, has been appointed to the Fulbright National Chapter Advisory Board as one of eight members across the U.S. Burr has long been active in the Fulbright world and has received two Fulbright awards for work in Mexico, one for work in China, one for Kuwait and one for Vietnam. Most recently she received her sixth award in Spring2014 as a Fulbright Specialist in International Business to Ukraine. Dr. Burr serves as the president of the San Antonio Chapter of the Fulbright Association and is chairing the Southwest Fulbright Symposium to be held during July in San Antonio.


Dr. Annette Craven, professor of management and director of the doctor of business administration program, has been selected to serve as an alumni examiner on the 2014 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, an award presented by the President of the United States to U.S. organizations in acknowledgment of performance excellence. In early March, Craven served as chairperson for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs’ accreditation visit to the Mandakh Burtgel Institute in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She also visited the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California this spring to deliver a TEDx Talk entitled “Behavioral Diversity: Know Yourself to Understand Others.”

In January, Dr. David Vequist, professor of management and founder and director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research, traveled to Austin as an invited speaker at the Accountable Care Organizations’ Summit, an organization dedicated to encouraging synergy between healthcare organizations to reduce healthcare costs. Vequist also received a grant to write a white paper on medical tourism best practices for the country of South Korea and traveled to Seoul, South Korea to begin the spring semester. He also began work this spring, in conjunction with Bloomberg, on a new product under the BusinessWeek brand for business school educators worldwide.