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Our Dean


Wm. Gerard (Gerry) Sanders was named dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the College of Business at The University of Texas at San Antonio on June 1, 2013. He is also a professor of management.

Sanders comes to UTSA from Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, bringing a wide range of administrative, academic and leadership experience. Joining Rice in 2008, he served as a professor of strategic management and the area leader of the Strategy and Environment Group.

Previously he led the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy at the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.

A native of California with strong Texas ties, Sanders’ research focuses on corporate governance and executive leadership and their effects on strategic decision making and company performance.

He has published studies on the effects of CEO stock option pay on firm risk-taking; the role of top management work experiences on firm strategy; and the nature of what firms learn from their board members’ experiences. Sanders is a member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

His research has been published in leading management journals including the Academy of Management Journal,Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Management. His work on stock option pay has also been featured in The New York TimesThe Economist and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Prior to entering academia, Sanders spent more than a decade working in institutional commercial real estate investment with Equitec Financial Group, The Koll Company and Bechtel Investments.

Sanders received his Ph.D. in management from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a bachelor’s in finance from Brigham Young University.

Sanders is the first dean to hold the Bodenstedt Chair for the Dean of Business, which is one of 13 newly endowed positions established in response to a recent $5 million H-E-B Faculty Research Fund matching gift to UTSA supporting the recruitment and retention of leading scholars and researchers.