Engler College of Business Dean Recognized by TFE Times

Aug 02, 2019

CONTACT: Lynsee Womble, 806-651-2526,

CANYON, Texas— TFE Times has selected Dr. Neil Terry, dean of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business (PVECB) at West Texas A&M University, as the recipient of the Jack Welch Distinguished Management in Higher Education award for 2019.

One of the leading media companies, TFE Times hosts business, finance, culture and technology content on the web as well as provide ranking for business schools around the world. Combining both campus and online academic programs as part of rankings, WT has earned a No. 2 spot for three consecutive years in the Financial Economics category for MSFE programs. Others ranked include No.1 Columbia University, which also ranked No. 74 for its MBA program. Stanford University and Harvard University earned the top two spots.   

"Selection of the Jack Welch Leadership Award is a highly selective process, and we are proud to recognize Dean Terry for the coming academic year," Chris Bettenhauser, head of marketing for TFE Times, said.

Terry has served as dean since 2006, and in that time, enrollment has increased from 1,200 to more than 2,800. College-specific scholarship allocations have increased from less than $100,000 per year to more than $500,000 per year, the number of endowed professorships has grown from two to 21, and the PVECB ranked nationally by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and TFE Times.

"I have had the privilege to work with Dr. Terry for many years, and I am proud to see him acknowledged," Dr. Amjad Abdullat, senior associate dean of PVECB, said. "The business program has accomplished several key strategic initiatives over the years, and Dean Terry has been a hands-on leader throughout his tenure."

Terry is one of only four deans in the last thirty years to lead a business program to initial accreditation by both the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Terry currently serves on the Board of Governors for Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honors Society for AACSB accredited business schools.

"Any success or recognition the Engler College of Business enjoys is a credit to our dedicated faculty, staff, students, administrative team and stakeholders," Terry said. "Demographic and technology changes are going to create great challenges for higher education in the coming years, but I am confident that our team will find a positive path toward continued success with a focus on service to our students and our community."

To learn more about programs at the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business, contact Lynsee Womble at 806-651-2526 or