Dallas 500 List of Influencers Includes Jindal School Dean


Pirkul joins UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson and several Jindal School supporters and alumni who were recognized.

Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Caruth Chair and dean of the Naveen Jindal School of Management, was named to the 2021 edition of the Dallas 500, a list of “the most powerful business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth” recently compiled by D CEO magazine and presented in a special edition.

Hasan Pirkul

Pirkul’s mini bio in the magazine notes he has been dean since 1996, spearheaded the building of the Jindal School’s two buildings, one in 2003 and one in 2013, and has watched enrollments triple during his tenure.

Richard C. Benson

Pirkul was featured in the Education and Nonprofits section of the publication, along with UT Dallas President and Eugene McDermott Distinguished University Chair of Leadership Dr. Richard C. Benson.

Dr. Bhavani Thuraisingham, executive director of the University’s Cyber Security Research and Education Institute and Founders Chair in Engineering and Computer Science, is featured in the list’s Technology section. Also in that list: Dr. Walter Voit, BS’05, MS’06, associate professor of materials science and engineering and of mechanical engineering, director of the Center for Engineering Innovation in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and founder and CEO of Adaptive 3D Technologies, a company launched through the UT Dallas Venture Development Center.

The list is divided into 10 sections. In addition to Technology and Education and Nonprofits, the other sections are: C-Suite, Leading Industries, Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Professional Services, Healthcare, Arts, Sports and Leisure; and Living Legends.

Friends and graduates of the Jindal School who also made the list are:

Herbert D. Weitzman
Dr. Paul Hain

Herbert D. Weitzman, executive chairman of Weitzman, a full-service commercial real estate company. Weitzman, and his wife, Donna, made possible the Herbert D. Weitzman Institute for Real Estate at the Jindal School. (In the Real Estate section)

Dr. Paul Hain, chief medical officer of GoHealth, is a member of the Jindal School’s advisory council. (In the Healthcare section)

Dr. Christopher Crow

Dr. Christopher Crow, co-founder and CEO of Catalyst Health Network and Stratifi Health, is a 2003 Executive MBA alumnus. (In Healthcare)

Dr. James (Jim ) Walton

Dr. James (Jim) Walton, president  and CEO of Genesis Physicians Group and a lecturer in the Jindal School’s Healthcare Leadership and Management programs. (In Healthcare)

Lisa M. Ong

Lisa M. Ong, president, founder and CEO of Wishing Out Loud, is a 2014 MS in Management and Administrative Sciences alumna and a 2020 JSOM OWLIE Award winner. (In Professional Services)

Robert Shaw (not pictured),  president of Columbia Reality Partners, earned a BS in Business and Public Administration in 1983. (In Real Estate)

Kris Imherr

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