Yash P. Gupta will assume his role as the new dean of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship Aug. 1 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Gupta will replace Mark Kroll, who served as dean for seven years and will return to faculty to focus on teaching as well as research.
Gupta comes to the Valley from Louisville, Ky., where he was president and CEO of Yash Gupta Consulting Inc. The company provided consulting services for academic institutions and industries based on strategic planning as well as new market development.
Gupta has worked at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School as dean and professor; the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business as dean and professor of Operations Management; and the University of Washington Business School as dean and professor of Operations Management.
“Academia is in my blood and I have been a part of academia for many years,” Gupta said. “From my experience, what the Valley has to offer is incredible because of the economic development of the region and the importance of the role the university plays in that development.”
Gupta holds a PhD in Management Sciences from the University of Bradford in England, and a Master of Technology in Production Management from Brunel University of West London, England. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Production Engineering from Panjab University in India with first-class honors. He also holds a Professional Engineering license with the Association of Professional Engineers in Manitoba, Canada.
Gupta envisions many opportunities for both students and the community as a whole as the Valley continues to grow. Focusing on service learning and experience in the field opportunities as well as mentorships will drive students into the best possible careers, he said.
“The population is growing and there are many economic developments taking place,” he said. “The future of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship will be highly successful as long as we adopt a student-centric culture and continue to provide programs the community needs and the students want.”