Message from the Dean
Great things are happening at the Rawls College of Business. The generous support from alumni and friends has enabled the Rawls College to recruit and retain distinguished faculty while also attracting some of the best and brightest students. As we seek to become an internationally recognized institution of thought leadership in business, we have embarked upon an aggressive plan: the Rawls LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan. Our goal for 2020 is ambitious — to be among the top 50 business schools in the United States.
Our diverse student body includes approximately 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students who have the opportunity to pursue futures in accounting, finance, health organization management, energy, information systems and quantitative systems sciences, management, and marketing. Students are taught by award-winning faculty who are leaders in their respective fields of expertise. To ensure our students' success, the Rawls College has established a number of dedicated support services, most notably a Career Management Center that boasts job placement rates well above the national average. I invite you to learn more about the great things happening at Rawls and to follow our progress.
Interim Dean and James E. and Elizabeth F. Sowell Professor of Finance
About Paul R. Goebel, Ph.D.
Paul R. Goebel, associate dean of undergraduate programs and the James E. and Elizabeth F. Sowell Professor of Finance, has been named interim dean of the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration, effective Jan. 1.
Goebel, who replaces Lance Nail, will fill the dean’s role until the process to hire a permanent replacement is completed. The search committee will be named in December with the national search to commence in January.
As associate dean for undergraduate programs, Goebel oversees student recruitment, retention, and advising, while representing the college on the Academic Council. Goebel is a former chairman of the Lubbock Planning and Zoning Commission, a former chairman of the Board of Directors for the Texas Tech Federal Credit Union and currently serves as a member of the Lubbock Zoning Board of Adjustment, as the vice chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas and as a member of the Board of Directors of Scenic Texas.