Cosier, Richard A.
Dean, Krannert School of Management
Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Iowa, 1976
M.B.A., Personnel Management and Industrial Relations, Loyola University (Chicago), 1972
B.S., Packaging Technology, Michigan State University, 1969
Richard A. Cosier is Dean and Leeds Professor of Management at the Krannert School of Management. He formerly served as Dean and Fred E. Brown Chair of Business Administration at the University of Oklahoma, and Associate Dean for Academics, Professor of Business Administration, and Chairperson of the Department of Management at Indiana University. In addition, he held a faculty appointment at the University of Notre Dame. His Ph.D. is from the University of Iowa. Prior to his academic career, he was a Planning Engineer with The Western Electric Co.
Dean Cosier joined Purdue in 1999. Krannert is widely recognized as a leading business school and is highly rated by U.S. News & World Report and Business Week. In October 1998, Business Week included the Krannert School as one of the top 25 business schools in the nation, as did U.S. News & World Report in April 2000. At Krannert, during the spring of 2000, Dean Cosier announced a $10 million gift from alumnus Jerry S. Rawls. This gift completed funding for the soon to be constructed Rawls Hall, which will house a portion of the Krannert School. While at Oklahoma, he concentrated on curricular improvement and private fund raising. Both programs are now highly ranked. In 1997, Dean Cosier announced an $18 million endowment from Wall Street fund manager Michael F. Price. In recognition of Mr. Price's generosity and accomplishments, the College of Business at OU was named the Michael F. Price College of Business. In total, Dean Cosier's fund raising efforts added over $70 million to the Krannert and Price College's endowments and capital campaigns.
Dean Cosier has published more than 60 articles and presented numerous papers at professional meetings. Dean Cosier has co-authored a management textbook and has a chapter on conflict that is included in a popular management text. He has been active in many executive development programs and has served as a management education consultant for several organizations.
Dean Cosier is the recipient of several teaching excellence awards and a Richard D. Irwin Fellowship. He is listed in Who's Who in America and belongs to the Institute of Management Consultants, Inc., Beta Gamma Sigma, the Academy of Management, Sigma Iota Epsilon, and the Decision Sciences Institute. He was on the board of directors at First Fidelity Bank, N.A., of Oklahoma City and Century, Inc., of Midwest City, Okla., and is currently on the board of directors for Bank One, Lafayette, Ind.
Dean Cosier's community service included his chairing the Norman Economic Development Coalition. This unique partnership between the University, the City of Norman, and the Norman Chamber of Commerce generated Norman's first-ever economic development plan. He has also been active with the United Way of America at the national and local levels.