New Chair Brings Tech Expertise to Jindal Council
Exec Says School's Challenge is to Stay Ahead of Industry Changes
Jan. 26, 2012
For incoming Naveen Jindal School of Management Advisory Council Chairman Skip Moore, staying ahead of the technological curve will be the key to continued success for the school.
Moore, a partner at Deloitte Services LP, leads the firm’s technology, media and telecommunications practice in the Mid-America region. He is excited to continue building the symbiotic relationship that the advisory council has helped to develop during the past few years between the Jindal School and the business community.
“Historically, the Jindal School’s information technology heritage has been very well received,” Moore says. “It’s been very valuable for the students in terms of them being able to find careers. At the pace things are changing, maintaining that relevancy, or maybe even getting ahead of the curve, is the main challenge.”
Deloitte was a founding strategic partner when the Jindal School-based Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance opened in 2003, and Moore served several years as an institute advocate. An advisory council member prior to that, he returned in 2009.
Terry Conner, a managing partner in Haynes and Boone, is stepping down from his leadership role after nearly three years.
Outgoing chairman Terry Conner “made some tremendous strides with the council in terms of moving it up a notch and getting it engaged from both the business side and the school side,” Moore says. “Of course Dean [Hasan] Pirkul has done an absolutely marvelous job building the Jindal School for the past 10 or 15 years.”
According to Moore, the council needs to serve as the pulse of the market to make sure that the products coming out of the Jindal School continue to be in demand.
Conner, a managing partner in the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP, is stepping down from his leadership role after serving nearly three years.
Conner has been on the advisory council a decade and plans to remain an active member. He and other members of his firm hope to continue teaching a business law class in the Executive MBA program. His firm also plans to continue hosting Jindal School-sponsored events at the Haynes and Boone offices.
“I’ll continue my missionary work of spreading the word of the excellence of the Jindal School of Management in the business marketplace,” Conner says. “Haynes and Boone would like to continue what we call our ‘open doors’ initiative, which introduces our good business contacts to the Jindal School.”
The story was reported and written by free-lance contributor Jimmie Markham.