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The latest US business school to appoint a new dean is the McCombs school of business at the University of Texas at Austin. The dean’s chair will be filled on September 1 by Thomas Gilligan, who is moving to Texas from California where he is professor of finance and economics at the Marshall school at the University of Southern California.
Prof Gilligan, 54, who was interim dean at Marshall between 2006 and 2007, will replace George Gau, whose six-year appointment as dean of the business school ends in August.
Prof Gilligan, who received his doctoral degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, joined the University of Southern California in 1987 and held a variety of roles there. He has also been a visiting professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. From 1982-1983 he was a staff economist on President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Prof Gilligan’s areas of interest are microeconomics, applied price theory, industrial organisation, antitrust economics and public choice.