A new dean for Daniels

Posted by: Alison Damast on July 24, 2008

Christine Riordan, a nationally recognized expert in leadership development and diversity, will be the new dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Riordan took over as dean on July 21, succeeding Karen Newman, who resigned in June of 2007.

Newman will take on a new role this fall as a management professor, after a one-year leave of absence.

Riordan served as the associate dean for external relations (2005-2008) at Texas Christian University, where she oversaw the Tandy Center for Executive Leadership and areas such as alumni relations and marketing. During her time in Texas, she helped implement projects such as the creation of a new undergraduate student leadership office and developed executive education programs. She was named this year as one of 14 “brilliant minds” in Tarrant County, Texas by Fort Worth Magazine.

Riordan is joining the school at a historic moment, just as it is celebrating its 100th anniversary. She already has some ambitious goals, which include broadening the school’s international presence and implementing forward-thinking curriculum. It will be interesting to see how she steers the school in a new direction in the coming years.

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