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Transformative Changes

Paying it Forward

Alumnus, business titan returns to his roots

Harry Dombroski

When Harry Dombroski ('79 BBA) graduated from UTA, he knew he was more than ready to enter the workforce. Now, in his new role as dean of the College of Business, he is eager to ensure that every graduate leaves with the same level of preparedness.

"We are located in one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the nation, and our College of Business needs to be right at the center of this growth," says President Vistasp Karbhari. "Harry is a visionary leader who will raise the visibility of the college, enhance its stature through transformative advances, and propel the College of Business into a position of international competitiveness."

Dombroski's extensive ties to corporations in the Metroplex and 30-plus years of experience in the corporate sector played key roles in his appointment.

"Harry knows the desires of employers and how to match the rapid change of the industry," says Teik C. Lim, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Bringing in a person with that firsthand knowledge will better position UTA among business leaders and help to serve our students with better opportunities after they graduate."

Dombroski is described by his peers as an out-of-the-box thinker and a results-oriented leader. As a longtime executive with Hunt Oil Company and Hunt Consolidated, he oversaw the company's business development initiatives, which included the acquisition of Pacific Enterprises Oil Company, and the expansion of Hunt's Tuscaloosa refinery.

"I believe that Harry has the skill set to become an absolutely outstanding dean of the UTA College of Business," says Ray Hunt, executive chairman of Hunt Consolidated. "Further, as a graduate of UTA, he has the ability to differentiate himself and UTA in the very competitive marketplace of higher education in North Texas."

In his role as dean, Dombroski looks forward to expanding UTA's relationship with community partners and increasing student opportunities for internships and career entry.

"The education that I received at UTA was the spark that fueled a long, rewarding career," Dombroski says. "I look forward to being able to pay that back to current UTA students and future graduates."

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