Teegen named as new dean of Moore School

May 11, 2007

As director of The George Washington University’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) inWashington,D.C., for the past year, Professor Hildy Teegen has focused on brokering relationships and forging linkages – with the greater university, with students, with alumni, and with other outside constituents such as the government and the private sector.

Dr. Teegen, 41, intends to bring the same sensibilities to theUniversityofSouth Carolinacampus when she becomes dean of the Moore School of Business on September 15.

Her selection was announced May 7 after a six-month search. She will succeed Joel A. Smith III, dean of theMooreSchoolsince 2000, who announced last year that he planned to retire.

A faculty member in international business and international affairs at GW since 1996, Teegen’s global background and interests seem to make her a natural fit for theMooreSchool, which is consistently ranked No. 1 in undergraduate international business and No. 1 or No. 2 in graduate international business by U.S. News & World Report.

Fluent in Spanish, Teegen has lived inMexico,Portugal, theDominican Republic, andGrand CaymanIsland. She has taught international business at GW, The College of William and Mary, the University of Texas at Austin, the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City, the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, and Universidade do Porto in Oporto, Portugal.

Teegen has written extensively about global economics and is the co-author of two books — Case Studies of Economic Sanctions: The Chinese, Cuban and Iranian Experiences (Praeger Books, 2003), and U.S. Economic Sanctions: Philosophy and Efficacy ( Praeger Books, 2001). 

In 1987, Teegen earned bachelor’s degrees in Latin American Studies and international business and finance from U-T Austin. In 1993, she received her Ph.D. in International Business (with a sub-specialty in marketing strategy and economic development), also from theUniversityofTexasatAustin.

In 1993, she accepted a position as assistant professor of Marketing at The College of William and Mary inWilliamsburg,Virginia. Three years later, Teegen became an assistant professor of International Business at The George Washington University. She was promoted to associate professor of IB and International Affairs in 2000, and to full professor in 2005. In May 2006, Teegen became director of CIBER at GW.

While Teegen says her ideas are still preliminary, when she arrives inColumbiathis fall, she expects to:

  • move theMooreSchoolfurther down the road in the strategic planning process already under way. This will probably culminate with a few strategic focal areas where we will decide to make some fairly strategic investments in terms of faculty hiring as well as the possibility for new program development, funding opportunities for research in some of these key selective areas, and so on.
  • consider how to update the undergraduate program in terms of size, and look at issues related to the quality of offerings.
  • look at opportunities for consolidation of the graduate programs.

  • focus on ways the school can be more responsive to the demands and the needs of its external constituents.
  • work to extend the wins the school has had in the IB area to additional areas.


    Teegen has another major goal, as well — one that is dear to her heart: to attract and retain more female faculty, and to attract more high-quality female students. I’m hopeful that in my leadership role, I’ll be able to serve as a signal to both of those populations that theMooreSchoolis a woman-friendly place to be, both as a student as well as a faculty member, she says.