Interim Dean's Welcome Message


Welcome to the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston — We’re What’s Next!

I am honored to serve as interim dean of Bauer College, where I work alongside a committed group of faculty and staff to provide transformational education for our students, path-breaking business-related research, networking opportunities and a forever family for our alumni, and business insight and innovation for our partners.

In recent years, Bauer has distinguished itself as one of the world’s leading business schools, with top-ranked programs and leading faculty research. Indeed, the Bauer story is an exciting one that continues to unfold!

I invite you to learn more about what makes the Bauer experience so unique.


In my role as interim dean and Cullen Distinguished University Chair and Professor of Finance, I have the pleasure of interacting with Bauer students each day, whether inside the classroom or at our fun and exciting events and at convocation, where I am fortunate to see the culmination of all their hard work.

While it is true that Bauer College transforms the lives of students, it is even more accurate to say that our students transform the college with their ideas, enthusiasm and passion. You can learn more about this hardworking and energetic community in recent news coverage here, here and here.


Bauer College is part of the University of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier One research university. We are Houston’s business school, and our faculty leverage the expertise of industry in the city and across the globe to generate compelling academic research and to create a learning environment that incorporates the latest innovations while challenging students to build better models for the future.

Our faculty range from academic powerhouses known for their scholarly influence and accomplishments to industry veterans and c-suite leaders whose real-world perspectives enhance learning and imprint an indelible impact on students’ lives and careers.


The Bauer alumni base is 60,000 strong and growing each year, representing business professionals, entrepreneurs and c-level executives across sectors and industries. The Bauer College Alumni Association keeps this network connected and engaged through regular events and gatherings and an annual National Day of Service at the Houston Food Bank.

Many Bauer alumni own or operate successful businesses — you can discover more in our Alumni Business Directory!


Bauer College is Houston’s most comprehensive business school. We offer degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, as well as community engagement programs for all ages and tailored executive education opportunities for business professionals at every stage of their careers.

Our programs are designed with the business community in mind. We work with our advisory board members, recruiters and partners to ensure our curriculum addresses of-the-moment industry need, and in doing so, we give our students an experiential learning experience that is unmatched.

At each level, we allow students to customize their learning with specialty programs — BBAs can apply for the nationally ranked Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship or Sanchez Program for Excellence in Selling as well as a range of leadership training, including the Ted Bauer Leadership Certificate Program. Bauer College also offers a wide range of opportunities at the graduate level, including our four specialized MBA offerings as well as over a dozen master’s programs, designed to give students the skills to move up the career ladder and prepare them for high demand fields.

We also house more than a dozen centers and institutes within Bauer College, designed to bridge academia and industry. With focuses in areas including global energy management, economic inclusion, healthcare and inclusive leadership, these organizations bring together researchers and practitioners for engaging conversations that generate actionable solutions to benefit businesses and consumers.

From our innovative work in the business implications of emerging AI and data science technologies to the depth of our experience in training the next generation of professionals in accounting, finance, real estate and sales, Bauer College is anything but business as usual. I invite you to explore our website, visit us on campus and be part of the excitement!

Best regards,

Praveen Kumar, Ph.D.
Interim Dean
Professor of Finance
Cullen Distinguished University Chair
C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston