Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame

Celebrating the achievements of the college's most prestigious influencers and beloved colleagues.

Gupta Hall of Fame

Established in 2015, the hall of fame was founded to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding business leaders who have achieved significant success in their chosen fields of business and embody the spirit of the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business.

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The Satish & Yasmin Gupta Hall of Fame is celebrated each year with an evening of reconnecting, embracing and reminiscing for the inductees. Each inductee is presented with an award to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to celebrate the many accomplishments of our alumni and supporters.

The ceremony is a place for friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the accomplishments of the award recipients.

2017 Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees
Ellen Barker

Ellen Barker, MBA ’94

Chief Information Officer, Texas Instruments

A 31-year veteran of Texas Instruments, Ellen Barker, MBA ’94, has served as the global technology company’s chief information officer since 2014. In that role she is responsible for IT strategies and operational management of applications and infrastructure worldwide that enable the company’s changing business needs. An advocate for women in the technology industry, she serves on the board of High Tech High Heels. She is also an active supporter of the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and is a leader in her church.

Dan Flaherty

Dan Flaherty, BA ’82, MBA ’83

Chief Executive Officer, Gemmy Industries

In 1983, Daniel G. Flaherty, BA ’82 MBA ’83, founded Coppell-based Gemmy Industries, a designer and marketer of seasonal products most known for creating Pete the Repeat Parrot and Big Mouth Billy Bass. He is also chairman of standing desk manufacturer, VARIDESK LLC. Not only does he serve as board chair for both St. Joseph’s Residence, Inc. and St. Adelaide’s Home for the Elderly LLC, but he previously sat on the boards of the University of Dallas and Uplift Education.

Pat Haggerty Sr.Patrick Haggerty Sr., Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters ’64

University of Dallas Trustee & Chairman, Texas Instruments 

Former Texas Instruments (TI) president, Patrick E. “Pat” Haggerty, was an influential University of Dallas trustee who served on the board from 1962-80. As a result of his engineering background and time in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Haggerty began working for Geophysical Service Inc. which later became Texas Instruments in 1951. Just seven years later he was named president, bringing to the new position his belief that electronics and technology can benefit all parts of society. Under his leadership, TI developed technology that influenced laser guidance, infrared, airborne radar and hand-held calculators, as well as single chip microprocessors and many others.

As a UD trustee, Haggerty played an instrumental role in creating what was then named the  Graduate School of Management and helped develop one of the college’s most well-known programs, The Capstone Experience. To this day, Capstone is still the final project that all MBA students must complete in order to graduate.

Robert LynchRobert “Bob” Lynch, Ph.D.

Founding Dean, Graduate School of Management (now Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business)

As founding dean of the University of Dallas Graduate School of Management – now the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business – Robert G. “Bob” Lynch played a significant role in the university’s growth. In 1966, he spearheaded the development, implementation and execution of graduate business education programs at UD, creating one of the area’s first part-time MBA programs designed for working professionals. As dean, Lynch helped create a curriculum based on “real world” business experience, an approach the college continues to use today. In addition, he served as UD’s vice president of administration from 1979-81 and taught as an associate professor and professor of management from 1981-2001.

Robert NelsonRobert Nelson, MBA ’76

Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems

As a systems engineer for Docutel Corporation, Robert B. Nelson, MBA ’76, helped revolutionize the way airports handle baggage today by spearheading the implementation of barcode tracking systems. While serving as an assistant general manager in the mid-1970s, Nelson led the search for an acquirer that ultimately resulted in Docutel being acquired by The Boeing Company. In 1982, Nelson and a partner purchased the subsidiary, renaming it BAE Automated Systems. Nelson, serving in various senior leadership positions including CEO, remained with the company through a second acquisition by BTR PLC until his retirement in 1994. 


2018 Hall of Fame Events

Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018
6-8  p.m.

3rd Floor Atrium | SB Hall
2925 Gorman Dr
Irving, TX 75062


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