Meet the dean -- Marilyn Wiley

DEAN OF UNT’S COLLEGE OF BUSINESS SINCE 2015

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Get over it,” from the Eagles’ song. There is no future in dwelling on a failure or blaming someone else. Learn from it and move on.

FUN FACT:

I started my career as a management trainee at NASA and was a test subject in the zero-gravity airplane. I have been weightless for more than an hour, in 30-second increments.

PROUDEST MOMENT FOR THE COLLEGE:

Raising our freshman retention rate by 13 percentage points.

BIGGEST BUSINESS GAME CHANGER:

The rise of the on-demand service economy. The nature of work has changed, and employees are rethinking both job security and commitment.

LATEST TRENDS DRIVING BUSINESS:

Business is moving toward an innovation economy. Success will depend on creativity and the willingness to take risks. Big data and analytics are a major force. Students will have to be prepared to sort through vast amounts of information to uncover patterns, identify solutions and reach actionable conclusions. Our goal is to train critical thinkers who can identify a problem, use analytical tools to develop and critique potential solutions and effectively articulate and defend their answers. This way, graduates will be prepared for any job — even those jobs we cannot yet imagine.

MUSIC I LISTEN TO MOST:

The Eagles, Lyle Lovett, anything by Brahms, Puccini opera and any ’60s rock.

FAVORITE FOOD:

Tex-Mex; the more jalapeños, the better.