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Celebrating Dean Himarios' 12-Year Legacy of Growth and Success

Dean Himarios     Faculty, staff and members of the advisory council for the College of Business gathered April 20 to honor Dan Himarios and to celebrate the accomplishments of his more than 12-year tenure as dean of the college. This June, Dr. Himarios will move into a new role at UT Arlington as Vice Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Initiatives in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Associate Dean David Gray noted that Dr. Himarios’ legacy as dean was shaped through integrity, persistence, courage, consistency, and impact. Dr. Gray will assume the role of interim dean while a nationwide search is conducted to identify the next dean for the college. “Dan is a rare breed of leader who always follows through,” said Gray. “When he said he would do something, he always did.” Dr. Gray noted that Dean Himarios is especially gifted at building relationships that benefit the organization greatly.

Keith Cargill (’81), President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer of Texas Capital Bank and President of the College of Business Advisory Council, thanked the dean for the stability his leadership brought to the college. “In my lifetime of observing and working with great leaders, one of the most powerful, impactful leadership traits is humility,” said Cargill. “Under Dan's leadership, it has never ‘been about Dan’ but about the students, the faculty and his leadership team.” The advisory council supports the college by facilitating the development of new partnerships and opportunities, guiding the strategic direction of the institution, and assisting the college with financial development efforts. Cargill presented Dr. Himarios with a gift from the advisory council. David Campbell (’07), Vice President Safety, Security & Environmental for American Airlines and an advisory council member for the college, presented a special gift to the dean on behalf of American Airlines.     Dean Himarios and Keith Cargill

Dean Himarios and David Campbell     Dr. Himarios acknowledged the last 12 years have been both successful and challenging. “When you love what you do, it’s amazing what you can accomplish,” said Himarios. He thanked the faculty, his management team, and support staff for making great things possible even when the situations were difficult. His leadership philosophy is simple: “Work hard, tell the truth, and be fair,” he said.

Dr. Himarios came to U.T. Arlington in 1983 after earning his Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech. An exceptional and popular professor, Dr. Himarios also proved to be an effective administrator. He accepted the role of department chair for Economics in the College of Business in 1995. In 1999, Dr. Himarios was appointed dean of the College of Business. During Himarios’ 12-year tenure as dean, the College of Business experienced much greater stability, significant growth in enrollment and student quality, established innovative academic programs, developed an outstanding faculty, and expanded its graduate programs beyond our main campus.

Among his most notable achievements as dean include the creation of the Goolsby Leadership Academy, the establishment of one of the largest and most successful foreign Executive MBA programs in China, and the dramatic growth of the college’s endowment, which has grown nearly tenfold since Dr. Himarios became dean. The college has also earned greater prominence as an academic leader in the last 12 years. The doctoral program stands strong as one of the largest in the country and the college is now consistently ranked among the top 80 research business schools in North America, placing the college in the top five percent.

The College of Business and the advisory council is now seeking to raise $1 million dollars by May 2013 to establish the Daniel Himarios Endowed Chair in honor of the significant contributions Dean Himarios has made to the College of Business. For more information, contact Julie Brown, Development Director for the College of Business at 817-272-2167 or