2007-10-19 / Business

Dean Hildy Teegan of the Moore School of Business

By John Temple Ligon Temple@TheColumbiaStar.com

USC's Moore School of Business is in the midst of a transition, an improvement program that includes a new building, some new staff and faculty, and a new dean, Dr. Hildy Teegan.

Teegan came to the Moore School from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she was director of the Center for International Business Education and Research. Also at GW she held a joint appointment as professor of international affairs at the Elliott School and as professor of international business.

Teegan was born in Berrington, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. Her father was a contractor in major infrastructure installations around the greater Chicago area. Her mother longed for warmer year- round climate, so the construction company was sold, and the family moved to Grand Cayman Island when Teegan was almost nine years old.

On Grand Cayman Island, a British colony, Teegan attended British schools through eighth grade. With the goal of attending an American college, she transferred to Culver Girls Academy, an independent college preparatory boarding school in Culver, Indiana.

At Culver, Teegan thrived academically, and she was the coxswain on the rowing crew.

At the University of Texas in Austin, Teegan earned two undergraduate degrees, a BA in Latin American studies and a BBA in international business and finance. While in undergraduate school, she worked as a retouch artist, restoring paintings. She also worked as a bookkeeper, an apartments rental agent, and she taught in a tech school.

Upon graduation from college, Teegan took advantage of her new- found freedom and flew around the world with the man who is now her husband.

She was recruited back to UT- Austin to pursue her PhD in international business over five years while her husband grew his real estate development business.

After gaining her PhD, Teegan took on consulting work in Monterrey, Mexico, and in Mexico City. She held her first teaching job at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her reputation at W&M spread to George Washington University, where she founded and directed the Center for International Business Education and Research. Also, while at GW, Teegan worked in the Dominican Republic three months every year in a think tank.

She saw a new building for the business school at GW impose a profound positive impact on the program. The new facilities at the corner of 21st and G St. changed everything, including student morale and faculty relations. Physical space, says Teegan, really matters.

Faced with the dire need for new physical space at the Moore School, Teegan plans to raise about $90 million total, half of which has already been committed by Darla Moore as matching funds. With such a funding scheme, the business dean does not compete with the law dean over the next higher education construction bond bill in the S.C. Legislature. The USC School of Law is also looking for a new home, and $90 million appears to be their price, too.

Besides a new building at a new location, Teegan is looking at new directions for the Moore School to augment its proven strengths. She calls it her strategic direction process, and the second- round retreat is imminent.

To budget her time for leadership in education and research, Teegan recently added a deputy dean to her staff, someone who can coordinate various external affairs like alumni functions, business development, special events, and employee matters.

Teegan has her students' interests at heart. She is a dedicated educator, and she surrounds herself with other world- class thought leaders to deliver the maximum impact on her students.

Teegan's husband is getting their new house in order. They bought in Shandon, and now they have to renovate and expand. Because they are serious swimmers, a large new pool is in the plans.

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