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.
"Dr. Goebel has a long history of commitment to the Rawls College of Business and continues to provide progressive leadership," said Lawrence Schovanec, Texas Tech provost. "He is widely respected throughout the college. I am confident that under his leadership, important and successful initiatives will continue to be supported and the excellent progress of the college will be maintained."
Since joining the faculty in 1980, Goebel has been recognized on two occasions as the Texas Tech Finance Association Professor of the Year and as the Area of Finance Research Award Nominee.
Goebel is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy and has taught real estate finance, investments and appraisal. He has been involved in real estate development, valuation, brokerage and mortgage lending as a licensed Texas real estate broker since 1984.
After attending Michigan State University for two years, Goebel served in the United States Army, then completed his undergraduate degree in business at Augusta State University. Goebel earned an MBA and doctorate in real estate and urban economics from the University of Georgia. He has published his research in numerous academic journals and is the co-author of three books on mortgage finance.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work with the outstanding faculty, staff and alumni of the Rawls College of Business as we continue to strive for national prominence in our graduate and undergraduate programs," Goebel said. "We will maintain the programs put into place by Dean Nail as we continue our pursuit of excellence."