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Fort Worth Business Press adds Khavul, Rimmer to ranks of Great Women of Texas

Monday, November 3, 2014

Media Contact: Kristin Sullivan

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The Fort Worth Business Press will honor Susanna Khavul, associate professor of management, and Lt. Col. Lora A. Rimmer, commander of the Army ROTC “Maverick Battalion” at UT Arlington, among the news organization’s 2014 Great Women of Texas.

Susanna Khavul

Susanna Khavul

The full list of honorees has not yet been released, but information about the Nov. 19, 2014, awards dinner at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel – including a link to purchase tickets – is available online through the Fort Worth Business Press.

The list of 2014 honorees also will include Carolyn Mentesana, executive director of the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, who earned her undergraduate degree in management from UT Arlington in 1984.

Khavul teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation in the Management Department at the UT Arlington College of Business. Her research focuses on explaining the innovative performance of high technology firms operating in a global economy. 

She is the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and was previously an assistant professor at the London Business School. Khavul also is a previous winner of the Academy of Management’s Heizer Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of New Enterprise Development and the Taylor & Francis Publishers Award for “Best Research on Venture Capital.”

Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer

Lt. Col. Lora Rimmer

The U.S. Army Cadet Command honored Rimmer, as the nation’s 2014 Professor of Military Science of the Year in July. She was cited specifically for her efforts to increase the numbers of UT Arlington students majoring in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

During her 27-year military career, Rimmer has commanded up to battalion level and held staff positions through Corps staff. In 2011, she assumed command of UT Arlington’s ROTC unit – one of the oldest and most respected Army ROTC programs in Texas.

Prior to taking command at UT Arlington, she served as the Network Operations Officer for the First Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rimmer’s personal and unit decorations include the Bronze Star Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; and the Army Achievement Medal.

The Fort Worth Business Press has honored several UT Arlington leaders and alumni over the years through its Great Women of Texas program. Among the honorees are Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business; Beth Wright, dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Megan Topham, operations director for the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center; Michele Bobadilla, senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement and vice provost for Hispanic student success at UT Arlington; Elizabeth Poster, former dean of the College of Nursing; Jeanne Gerlach, dean of the College of Education; and Distinguished Alumnae Lillie Biggins and Shirlee Gandy.

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