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Wayne Thomas Named OU Interim Dean of Price College of Business Effective May 13, 2019

The University of Oklahoma announced that Wayne Thomas will serve as the interim dean in the Michael F. Price College of Business. A national recruitment search will commence with a transparent and open process, including a committee submitted and approved by the OU Board of Regents.

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Former Dean Daniel W. Pullin

Daniel Pullin


Daniel Pullin was appointed dean and Fred E. Brown Chair of the Michael F. Price College of Business April 1, 2014, after serving as interim dean since July 1, 2013. He held the Fred E. Brown Chair in business and dean titles through May 2019, and taught each semester in Price College, where he received the OU Foundation Alumni Teaching Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Pullin previously served as university vice president for strategic planning and economic development and chairman of OU’s Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth (I-CCEW), now administered by Price College.

Prior to joining OU in 2006, Pullin served as vice president of strategy and business development for Home Interiors & Gifts following his tenure at McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, and Hicks Muse Tate & Furst, a leading private equity fund.

Pullin serves on the board for the Norman Economic Development Coalition and has served on the boards for the Oklahoma Academy and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. He is also on the Board of Advocates for OU’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal and is a member of the Rotary Club 29 of Oklahoma City, as well as the Downtown Club of Oklahoma City.

Pullin, a licensed attorney, earned undergraduate degrees in accounting and finance from OU, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a juris doctorate from OU. He and his wife, Tamara, have two sons, Parker and Halsey.

Interim Dean Wayne Thomas

Interim Dean
W.K. Newton Chair of Accounting
George Lynn Cross Research Professor

Department: John T. Steed School of Accounting
Office: Adams Hall 201A
Phone: (405) 325-5789
Address: 307 W. Brooks Room 201A
Norman, OK 73019

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Wayne Thomas joined the University of Oklahoma in 2000. He has taught financial accounting, intermediate accounting, international financial statement analysis, and capital markets. He is co-author of Intermediate Accounting 10e with David Spiceland and Mark Nelson (McGraw-Hill). He also co-authors Financial Accounting 5e with David Spiceland and Don Herrmann (McGraw-Hill).

Professor Thomas’ research interests include accounting information in capital markets, techniques used by managers to manipulate earnings, the importance of financial disclosures, and financial statement analysis. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, and several other journals. He has served as an editor for The Accounting Reviewand an associate editor for the Journal of International Accounting Research.

He enjoys spending time with his wife Julee and four kids, Olivia, Jake, Eli and Luke. His hobbies include basketball, tennis, golf, ping pong, the outdoors, and crossword puzzles.