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Teegen to step down from Moore School dean position

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Hildy Teegen, dean, University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business, is stepping down to engage in other opportunities in her discipline and to explore new ways to lead in South Carolina’s education and business communities.

Hildy Teegen
Hildy Teegen

Teegen, dean since Fall 2007, will carry out her duties until her successor is identified, and then embark upon a one-year sabbatical beginning in Fall 2013. Afterward, she will return to the classroom and to her research program concerning business, government and non-profit interactions and economic development. Teegen has written extensively about global business and is best known for her work concerning intersectoral engagement. Her expertise complements USC’s top-ranked international business department, to which she intends to return after her sabbatical.

A national search for a new dean for the Moore School will begin immediately, Michael Amiridis, USC provost, said.

“Dr. Teegen has led the Moore School through amazing transformation, and soon, because of her leadership, we will have a new building to house the excellence that has followed our business programs for many years. She has unique skills and relationships established in South Carolina that will, after her sabbatical, continue to advance USC’s outreach efforts in the business community. I look forward to new endeavors and new leadership opportunities with her over time.”

Prior to coming to USC in September 2007, Teegen was (founding) director of The George Washington University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) in Washington, D.C., and served on the faculty in international business. She served on the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Globalization Taskforce from 2008-2011. She is a board member of Blue Ridge Holdings and Certus Bank, the United Way of the Midlands, the Palmetto Institute, the Center for International Private Enterprise, the Midlands Business Leadership Group Executive Committee and (formerly) Engenuity SC. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Aspen Global Leaders Network and is a Liberty Fellow (S.C.). She earned her doctoral degree in international business and bachelor’s degrees in business administration and Latin American Studies – all from the University of Texas.

“The time is right for a transition in leadership and for my own academic and career development,” Teegen said. “A new building coming online, a strong academic curriculum and national standing, new graduate delivery systems and ways to access an MBA – everything at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business points to future success for this institution I have grown to love in my years as dean. I am honored to have been a part of this growth. I will look forward to returning to help nurture it – just in a different capacity.”

During her tenure as dean, Teegen completed a rigorous strategic and financial planning effort and developed a strong leadership team that has taken the Moore School in new directions.

A hallmark of her administration stems from leadership in planning and financing in support of the new sustainable academic building currently under construction at Assembly and Greene streets in Columbia. Through her advancement leadership, nearly $50 million in private funding has been secured to support the school. During this time, the Moore School entered into a partnership with Polycom, CISCO and AT&T and now offers a world-class high definition telepresence network enabling multimodal learning programming around the state with connectivity to firms and academic institutions around the world. New programs including an Accelerated Master of Business Administration program were developed during her tenure and the international business mission was advanced as new programs emerged with a range of partners, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a new undergraduate course in international business became a requirement for all business majors.

“It was a pleasure working with Dr. Teegen over these past five years and watching how the Moore School of Business continued to grow in reputation and scope, “ said Darla Moore, vice president of Rainwater, Inc. and USC alumna, ’75, for whom the Moore School of Business is named. “She brought a fresh perspective, an energy that was contagious, and she connected the School to South Carolina’s businesses and leaders. She made this place better. I applaud her leadership and will look forward to new contributions she will make to our state in the future.”


About the Darla Moore School of Business

The Darla Moore School of Business is among the highest-ranked business schools in the world for international business education and research. Founded in 1919, the school has a history of innovative educational leadership, blending academic preparation with real-world experience through internships, consulting projects, study-abroad programs and entrepreneurial opportunities. The Moore School offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as distinctive executive education programs. In 1998, the school was named for South Carolina native Darla Moore, making the University of South Carolina the first major university to name its business school after a woman.

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Posted: 08/23/12 @ 12:00 PM | Updated: 09/10/12 @ 12:54 PM | Permalink