RICHARDSON, Texas (Oct. 18, 2005) – Steve Lyle, director of worldwide staffing and recruiting for Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), has been elected to chair a pivotal corporate advisory panel that has long aided and promoted The School of Management at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
Lyle will assume leadership of The School of Management Advisory Council, a 42-member group of local top executives, entrepreneurs and other business leaders. He succeeds Barbara Curry, former senior vice president of TXU Energy’s Retail Operations who resigned last spring and is now senior vice president of corporate services and corporate secretary for Great Plains Energy in Kansas City, Mo.
An employee of TI for 25 years, Lyle in his current position ensures that the company has the talent required to maintain a leadership position within the semiconductor industry. His organization is responsible for hiring all skilled employees, ranging from manufacturing specialists, administrative personnel and technicians to engineers and executives. Lyle also has responsibility for all expatriate activity and employee-relocation activity across the company and serves on TI’s HR Leadership Team.
In announcing the appointment, UTD School of Management Dean Dr. Hasan Pirkul praised Lyle’s “belief in the excellence of The School of Management and his enthusiasm for our goal of becoming nationally and internationally recognized as a premier public business school.” Since Lyle joined the council in fall 2004, Pirkul said, he “has shown tireless energy as an advocate on the school’s behalf.”
TI’s senior vice president and manager of public affairs, Phil Ritter, noted the importance of Lyle’s leadership activities on the school’s advisory council. “Steve’s leadership at UTD is important to TI and to the economic development goals of the region and the state,” Ritter said. “It is increasingly important that engineers and technologists receive top-notch management training in order to commercialize basic research and create new industries of tomorrow. Steve’s leadership will accelerate
the collaborative work that is under way among the School of Management, the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and area technology firms that rely on UTD as a source of top talent and employee development.”
In existence since the 1980’s, the UTD School of Management Advisory Council plays an active role in the school’s development, achievement and expansion. Members enhance program quality by offering advice and expertise. They also are active in recruiting students and fund-raising efforts.
Lyle said that, working together, the council and the leadership of The School of Management, have “developed a road map that should help keep us on track in achieving our objectives of becoming a top-tier school. The council is critical to the road map. Council members are now focusing on how they, individually and as a group, can make the most of their efforts by leveraging their own expertise.”
About the UTD School of Management
Based on publications in the top 22 business journals spanning all areas of business, The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management faculty ranks 37 th in research productivity among business school faculties nationwide, and U.S. News and World Report ranks the school’s Cohort MBA program among the top 64 full-time MBA programs in the nation and among the top 35 at public colleges and universities. The School of Management is the largest of UTD’s seven schools, with an enrollment that has doubled over the last eight years to about 4,400 students. The school’s new 204,000-square-foot building features classrooms with state-of-the-art audio and visual equipment, wireless connectivity, video-conferencing facilities, a computer lab, faculty offices, meeting rooms and an executive education center.
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,000 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.