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  • Writer's picturePatricia Salkin

Lawyer and Business School Dean Named Next President of Texas Christian University

Updated: Jan 30, 2023

In December 2022 Texas Christian University announced that Daniel Pullin, John V. Roach Dean of the TCU Neeley School of Business, will take over as President effective February 1, 2023.

In addition to serving as dean, Pullin is also a professor of entrepreneurship and innovation. Since joining TCU in 2019, he has utilized his combined experience in higher education across multiple roles, as well as an early foundation in leading corporations and private industry to serve as a steward for the Neeley School. Under Pullin’s leadership, TCU Neeley has driven dynamic faculty and staff growth and curriculum innovation; earned increased national visibility and rankings; realized development success; built community and civic engagement; and has placed an unmistakable focus on inclusive excellence.

The press release announcing his appointment quote the University Chancellor, “Daniel is an inspiring leader and cares deeply about our community, which has been built upon academic excellence and an unmatched student experience,” and “For the past four years he has been passionate about his role as John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business, and he will use that same energy and expansive vision to make an impact as TCU’s president.”

Prior to joining TCU Neeley School of Business, Pullin was the dean of the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma (OU), where he also served as university vice president.

Before transitioning to higher education, Pullin worked for global consultancy McKinsey & Company and the private equity firm Hicks Muse Tate & Furst and its portfolio companies.

As many are reporting, higher education is facing many challenges and it is going through a transformation. Pullin’s background as a lawyer and entrepreneur with business savvy and passion brings a much needed skill set to the C-Suite.

Pullin earned his undergraduate degrees from the University of Oklahoma and MBA from Harvard Business School before returning to OU to earn a Juris Doctor degree.


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