Christine M. Riordan

Dean, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D.
Dean, Daniels College of Business

Dr. Christine Riordan became the 15th dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in July 2008. As the Dean of the Daniels College of Business, Dr. Riordan leads a global network of over 33,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni in providing business education, grounded in ethics and dedicated to transforming lives.

Dr. Riordan has a national reputation as a leadership development and workplace diversity expert. She has been interviewed and quoted in magazines, newspapers and broadcast media such as: USA Today, The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Psychology Today, Working Mother, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Investors Daily, Washington Post, Forbes, Working Mother, Entrepreneur Magazine, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and appeared on CNN and conducted interviews for several public radio stations.

Her research focuses on labor-force diversity issues, human resources, workplace issues, leadership development, leadership effectiveness and career success. Published articles included the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Business Ethics, and many others. She served on editorial review boards for the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and Academy of Management Journal.

From 2005-2008, Dr. Riordan was the Associate Dean for External Relations at Texas Christian University where she guided marketing, public relations, corporate and alumni relations and executive education. Also at TCU, She was the Luther Henderson University Chair in Leadership and a Professor of Management. In 2008, Fort Worth Magazine featured her as one of 14 brilliant minds in Tarrant County, Texas.

Prior to TCU, Dr. Riordan was in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in Athens, and was honored by Georgia Trend as a “Top 40 under 40: Best and Brightest Young Georgians.” Other honors include: 2005 Service Award, 1999 Teacher of the Year Award, a Sarah Moss Fellowship, three Sanford Research Fellowships, a Sanford Faculty-Practitioner Grant, and a Terry-Selig Research Fellowship. From 1995-2005, she served as Director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement. She also founded the Waffle House Executive Leadership Program, worked on Governor Sonny Perdue’s Leadership Development Task Force for the Commission for New Georgia, and helped design the Executive Leadership Program for state agency department heads.

Dr. Riordan is an Executive Consultant in Leadership for the Southern Zone of State Farm Insurance Cos. She has consulted with, provided executive coaching, and designed/delivered leadership development programs for businesses and organizations such as: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Waffle House, AT&T, Regions Bank, Fannie Mae, IBM, the State of Georgia, and the Life Office Management Association Inc.

She is past-president of the Southern Management Association, a nonprofit professional association with 1,000 members representing more than 200 colleges, universities, and businesses in 40 states and several countries. As president, she directed SMA operations including determining strategic initiatives, developing task forces and managing the board of governors. She is currently on the board of Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain, and is an active member of AACSB, International, and the Academy of Management.