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Welcome New Executive Director of the Tandy Center for Executive Leadership

Jim Roach has 25 years’ experience in corporate human resources and learning and development to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results.  

January 14,  2015

By Elaine Cole

In his new role at the Tandy Center, Roach is responsible for overall strategic direction to develop innovative executive development programs and services, and build educational partnerships and relationships with businesses and alumni.

“I’ve spent 20-something years on both sides of the executive education relationship. I have led projects in several large corporations that involved partnering with executive education providers to design successful development programs, and I’ve worked in a business school to design and teach in executive education programs,” Roach said. “I look forward to helping the Neeley School and TCU build on the strong relationship the school has with the business community, to capitalize on our capabilities and leverage the expertise of our exceptional faculty to help business leaders thrive in the 21stcentury.”

Prior to joining the Neeley School, Roach led the human resources function for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He helped design and implement L-3’s innovative Executive Leadership Development Program, which blends executive education, coaching, assessment, networking and other learning tools in a unique and impactful program.

Roach spent more than 20 years at Verizon in a variety of human resources roles, including leading the organization effectiveness function focusing on senior team effectiveness, organization capabilities, and cultural and business transformation. He also developed custom leadership and functional development programs.

Roach has 15 years of experience in executive education as academic director for several leadership certificate programs at SMU, where he also taught open enrollment and custom programs for industries including health care, oil & gas, telecommunications, financial services and transportation.  

He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on a wide variety of subjects such as leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. 

Roach holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois.   

The Tandy Center provides premium executive learning experiences that enhance the abilities of leaders and organizations to meet today's challenges and achieve their strategic objectives. Tandy Center executive education programs feature world-class faculty and provide leading-edge learning approaches.