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TCU’s Neeley MBA program moves up in ‘U.S. News’ rankings

The Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University ranked No. 63 in the latest ranking of graduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report.
The Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University ranked No. 63 in the latest ranking of graduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report. Star-Telegram

TCU’s Neeley School of Business moved up in the most recent ranking of graduate business schools compiled by U.S. News & World Report.

TCU ranked No. 63 out of 385 schools that participated in the U.S. News survey, tying with Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Iowa State, the University of Arkansas, the University of California-San Diego, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Last year, Neeley’s graduate program ranked No. 76.

The rankings are based on factors including assessments by business school deans and corporate recruiters, starting salaries and employment rates for MBA graduates, GMAT scores and undergraduate grade point averages.

In a statement, TCU said 92 percent of its full-time MBA grads were employed within three months of graduation with an average starting salary of $92,117, including bonus.

The McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 17; the Mays School at Texas A&M was tied for No. 27; the Jones School at Rice University in Houston and the University of Texas at Dallas tied for No. 33; the Cox School at SMU tied for No. 48; the Hankamer School at Baylor tied for No. 58; the Rawls School at Texas Tech tied for No. 91; and the Bauer School at the University of Houston tied for No. 95.

Tops in the nation? Stanford, followed by Harvard and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Neeley School is in the midst of fundraising and design work for a $100 million expansion that will create a “business commons” and add new classrooms and meeting spaces. It hopes to start construction next year.

Galderma appoints new leaders in Fort Worth

Galderma Laboratories in Fort Worth, the U.S. headquarters for Galderma Pharma, has named new leaders for business units created as part of a reorganization.

Locally, the company has been reorganized into three business units, including over-the-counter products, prescription products and a new cosmetic products unit. Galderma makes products to treat dermatological disorders such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, pigmentary disorders and skin cancers.

Todd Zavodnick has been named president of Galderma Laboratories. He formerly was vice president and general manager for the aesthetic and corrective business unit. Zavodnick will continue to head the business unit until a new vice president is appointed.

Safia Rizvi was named vice president and general manager of U.S. prescription business unit and Miles Harrison has been named vice president and general manager for the U.S. over-the-counter business unit.

Galderma Pharma is the operating company of Nestle Skin Health, based in Switzerland. The company was founded in 1981 and today employs about 5,500 worldwide. Galderma makes prescriptions sold under the names Oracea, Epiduo and Differin. Cetaphil is its over-the-counter brand.

HEB Chamber gets U.S. Chamber accreditation

The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded a 4-Star Accreditation for excellence in chamber planning and performance by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The HEB Chamber is now among the top 3 percent of chambers in the U.S. with the accreditation.

“This is the first time the HEB Chamber has applied for accreditation and we are honored to have received 4-Star Accreditation,” said Mary Frazior, the chamber’s president and CEO.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

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