Uhl-Bien Mary

TCU Neeley School of Business Announces the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership

Renowned leadership expert Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien joins the Neeley School as the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership, a new position made possible by a strategic investment from BNSF Railway, a company that values leadership in business and higher education. 

August 29,  2014

By Elaine Cole

An expert on complexity leadership, relational leadership and followership, Uhl-Bien previously served as the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. She also has been a visiting scholar in Australia, Sweden, Portugal and Spain. She holds a PhD, MBA and BBA from the University of Cincinnati.

“Dr. Uhl-Bien brings impressive insight and experience to the Neeley School as we continue to hone the BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program into a premier global program for undergraduate TCU student leaders,” said O. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach Dean of TCU’s Neeley School of Business. The three-year program shapes exceptional undergraduate TCU business students into the next generation of professional and personal leaders. “In addition, Dr. Uhl-Bien’s leading research and instruction will significantly impact leadership initiatives in the TCU Executive MBA program and Tandy Center for Executive Leadership.”

Uhl-Bien’s research has been published in top journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management and The Leadership Quarterly. She has published several books, and her articles on complexity leadership theory and followership theory have been honored with Best Paper Awards. Her research has been funded with grants from Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker and the U.S. Air Force Academy.

She is senior editor of the Leadership Horizons series for Information Age Publishing. She currently serves on the editorial boards of The Leadership Quarterly and International Journal of Complexity in Leadership & Management, and previously served on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review. Uhl-Bien is a co-founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars in the Academy of Management, and is division chair-elect for the OB Division in the Academy of Management. She also serves on the board of the Plexus Institute, and is an associate partner of the International Centre for Complex Project Management.

She is active in executive education nationally and internationally, teaching for the Brookings Institute, the Gallup Organization, and universities in both the U.S. and Europe. She served as the executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998-2004. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico in 2003, trained Russian business professionals for the American Russian Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993-1996, and worked on a USAID grant at the Magadan Pedagogical Institute in Russia from 1995-1996.

In 2007, BNSF Railway developed a partnership with TCU’s Neeley School of Business through the BNSF Next Generation Leadership Program, a transformational initiative that targets undergraduate business students who demonstrate an ability and desire to lead others and eventually lead an organization. Chosen by application, BNSF Next Generation Leadership students participate in a comprehensive three-year program that includes innovative academic curriculum, expert faculty, leadership assessment and concepts, team-building activities, one-on-one coaching, community service projects, workshops with respected business and community leaders, networking opportunities and an immersive leadership experience in Great Britain. To date, 209 TCU business students have graduated from the program.