Ben D. Welch

Executive Director of Halliburton Programs; Clinical Professor, Department of Management

Biography

Ben D. Welch serves as Executive Director of Halliburton Programs for the Center for Executive Development (CED) and Clinical Professor for the Department of Management in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Ben also served as Assistant Dean for Executive Education for the CED for many years. The CED is a top quality designer and provider of creative and innovative executive education and management programs.

Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton, his Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Houston Baptist University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Curriculum & Instruction from Texas A&M University.

He joined the Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence in 1988 and served as their Associate Director before assuming his faculty appointment with the Department of Management, which he has held since 1990. He served as the Undergraduate Administrative Coordinator for the Department of Management from 1990-1994. In 1994, he assumed the Directorship of the Mays College of Business Honors & Fellows Programs, which are the top two premier undergraduate programs within the College. He served in this capacity until 1998 when he joined the Division of Student Affairs as the Director of Student Activities for Texas A&M University. In this role he provided leadership to a progressive department that was responsible for over 750 recognized student organizations, the Student Organization Finance Center, Vocal Music, and Student Government. Ben has made hundreds of presentations to groups at Texas A&M University and has represented A&M as Muster Speaker in Baytown, East Tennessee, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Oklahoma City, Brenham, Brazos County A&M Club and New York.

As an indicator of involvement in student life and love for teaching, Ben has had a Fish Camp and T-Camp named after him. He was selected as Professor-of-the-Year for 1991-92 and 1995-96 by student members of the Management Society, Teacher-of-the-Year for 1993-94 by Texas A&M University Student Government, Outstanding Faculty Member-of-the-Year for 1993-94 by Alpha Kappa Psi, and Professor-of-the-Year for 1994-95 by Delta Delta Delta. Ben has been the recipient of the Corps-wide Outstanding Academic Advisor. He has also been the recipient of two distinguished University-wide awards including the John J. Koldus III Faculty/Staff Achievement Award and the Ed Guthrie Advisor-of-the-Year award. Ben was the 1993 recipient of the College-level Association of Former Students Award for College Teaching, the 1994 recipient of the University-level Association of Former Students Award for Student Relations, and the 1998 recipient of the Outstanding Contributor Award by the Mays College of Business Fellows Programs. In 1999, Ben was named as the first University-wide Mentor-of-the-Year. Ben was a nominee in 2003 for the first Presidential Professorship of Teaching Excellence Award. Ben was awarded the 2008 Dean’s Roundtable award for Outstanding Educator by the College of Education & Human Development. Ben’s research interests have focused on the effects of methods of instructional strategies. He developed the Teaching Assistant Training & Development Program for Mays Business School. He has consistently been asked to make presentations each semester to the Teaching Assistant Training & Evaluation Program (TATEP) sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Ben has presented, on multiple occasions, to the New Faculty Orientation sponsored by the Dean of Faculties. He has also presented a paper on Preparing the Professorate of Tomorrow as Innovative Teachers for Today at conferences within the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Ben’s international teaching experience includes the MBA and EMBA programs at the International University of Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador and Wuhan University in Wuhan, China. Ben has made multiple professional presentations and motivational talks to groups including the Bush School of Government & Public Service, Decision Sciences Institute, the Management Skills Development Institute, Halliburton, Brown & Root, United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety & Inspection Services, Law Enforcement Management Institute, Veterinary Services Conference, Texas Agricultural Extension Service, American Public Works Association, Army Marketing Managers Institute, Texas Academic Advising Network, Amoco, McDonald’s, Reliant Energy, Texas Oil & Gas Association, St. Joseph’s Regional Health Center, Texas District & County Attorneys Association Investigators School, Baker-Hughes Atlas, U.S. Marshals, Andell Advertising & Design, Trinity Industries, and Scott & White. Ben and his wife, Sherri, have been married for twenty four years and have three children – Rachel who is 24, Ryan who is 21 and Graham who is 18. Sherri is a retiree, after 26 years, from teaching Math part-time at Blinn College in Bryan. Ben is a graduate of Leadership Brazos and the Bryan Citizens Police Academy. He is actively involved as a Deacon at First Baptist Church Bryan.