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J. Lee Whittington (Dean and Professor of Management at the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas)

J. Lee Whittington

Dean and Professor of Management at the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas

J. Lee is Dean and Professor of Management in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. He focuses his teaching, research, and consulting in the areas of Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Spiritual Leadership.

His research has been published in The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Management, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Business Strategy, and the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management.

His book, Biblical Perspectives on Leadership and Organizations was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in August 2015. He is also a co-author with Tim Galpin and Greg Bell of the book, Leading the Sustainable Organization. His book, Enhancing Employee Engagement: An Evidence-Based Approach (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017) was co-authored with  Simone Meskelis,  Enoch Asare, and Sri Beldona.

Prior to joining the University of Dallas, he served on the faculty at Texas Wesleyan University and The University of Texas at Arlington. He has received multiple awards his excellence in teaching and research. While at UTA he was twice recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Professor and nominated for The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. At Wesleyan, J. Lee was named the MBA Professor of the Year, received the Heads Above the Crowd award, and named a Guardian of the Golden Shears.

At the University of Dallas, he has been recognized for his Commitment to Excellence in Research. He was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar in Organizational Behavior by the Southwestern Academy of Management. In 2011, he was selected by students and alumni to receive the Haggerty Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Dallas. While serving as Dean (2005-2008), J. Lee led the effort for initial accreditation of the University of Dallas College of Business by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). In 2017, he received the Gupta College of Business Innovation Award in recognition of his role in launching the DBA program. 

He was named the King Fellow honor from the University of Dallas in 2021. The King Fellow is a professor whose life and work has made a significant contribution to the excellence of education at the University of Dallas and who exemplifies the best qualities of a teacher, colleague and
scholar at the university. 

J. Lee’s industry experience includes over twenty years in manufacturing and distribution. He has held executive positions in marketing, logistics, and general management. He maintains an active consulting practice that includes executive coaching and leadership development engagements with Life.Church, Great Co-Ops, Fidelity Investments, Nokia, FedEx-Kinko’s, RadioShack, Siemens, Penson Financial Services, Vendor Resource Management, Reynolds Metals, Ball Container, Valor Telecom, City of Arlington, City of Southlake, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

He attended Austin College where he graduated with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He received his MBA and Ph.D. (Organizational Behavior) from The University of Texas at Arlington. J. Lee and his wife Laura have four children and six precious grandchildren.