The University of Tulsa has selected Larry Wofford, Davis D. Bovaird Chair of Entrepreneurial Studies, to serve as dean of the Collins College of Business beginning Aug. 1. He will serve for up to two years. Wofford succeeds Gale Sullenberger, who has served as dean since 1999 and is stepping down.
Wofford earned both his BSBA in economics and MBA degrees from TU and served as professor of finance and real estate at TU from 1974 to 1987. He started running his first business while still a student at TU, and over the span of his career as an accomplished entrepreneur, operated automotive facilities for three railroads and founded Tulsa’s Route 66 Harley-Davidson dealership. He returned to TU in 2007 to help develop the college’s entrepreneurship programs.
“Larry’s extensive professional experience and tenure at TU will prove invaluable to the Collins College of Business and to the university as we further embrace a culture of innovation and bolster partnerships with the business community. As a respected member of the business faculty, he helped launch the college’s entrepreneurship programs and has served as chair of the Department of Management and Marketing for the past three years. I look forward to working with him as part of the university’s leadership,” said Provost Janet Levit. “Gale Sullenberger has done an outstanding job as dean, and I am grateful for his years of service and dedication.”
“It is an honor to lead the Collins College of Business,” said Wofford. “Gale Sullenberger did a remarkable job as dean and has created high expectations. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to providing innovative and effective education opportunities for the next generation of business leaders. My job will be to provide these exceptional professionals the resources and environment they need to make a real difference in the lives of our students.”
Wofford also earned a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Oklahoma, a Ph.D. degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Texas at Austin and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from the University of Oxford. He has published extensive research, served on numerous editorial boards and as editor of the Journal of Real Estate Research. He published two leading textbooks in real estate and real estate investments. Wofford is a founder and past president of the American Real Estate Society and the International Real Estate Society. He currently serves on the corporate board of directors of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Global.
“In the 19 years I have had the privilege of serving as dean of the Collins College of Business, I have had the opportunity to work with many wonderful faculty, staff and alumni,” said Sullenberger. “During this period, TU became nationally recognized as an outstanding small private university with one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. The Collins College of Business was transformed by the support of its donors and alumni and by the Embrace the Future capital campaign into a Top 50 private business school. The CCB has a bright future with Larry Wofford’s leadership. I am looking forward to the next chapter of the CCB story.”