Jay Hartzell is the 30th President of The University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business and has been a member of the UT Austin faculty since 2001.
Jay Hartzell is the president of The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. He is also a Texas Ex.
Prior to serving as president, Hartzell served as the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. As dean for over four years, Hartzell launched the Goff Real Estate Labs, elevated the Canfield Business Honors program and opened Rowling Hall, the home of UT’s MBA program. He helped create many significant partnerships with colleges and schools across campus including the Dell Medical School, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Sciences and the Moody College of Communication. He also established the position of Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at the McCombs School and the McCombs Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Hartzell joined UT in 2001 after teaching at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Prior to his time as dean, he held several key administrative roles at the McCombs School of Business. His most notable positions include his service as the senior associate dean for Academic Affairs, chair of the Department of Finance and executive director of the McCombs School’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.
Hartzell holds a B.S. in business administration and economics (cum laude) from Trinity University and a Ph.D. in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics and The Review of Financial Studies.
Hartzell currently serves on the boards of directors for MGIC Investment Corporation (NYSE: MTG) and Austin Habitat for Humanity. He previously served as a member of the board of directors for the Texas Exes and the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association. In addition to his academic experience, he previously worked as a consultant with Hewitt Associates.