UT Tyler Soules College of Business
Message From the Dean
Welcome to the Soules College of Business. If you are looking for a place to start your business education or want to advance your career through the pursuit of a graduate degree, I invite you to learn more about what Soules College of Business has to offer. Our college provides high quality education through a strategic mix of face-to-face, hybrid and online classes. Soules College of Business prides itself on creating a vibrant learning atmosphere where students attain the knowledge and skills to be successful professionals.
Soules College of Business offers three undergraduate degrees and several majors. We also offer six graduate degrees including the Ph.D. in Human Resource Development. Our programs are accredited and endorsed by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), and The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Soules College of Business is also dedicated to establishing and maintaining partnerships with businesses throughout the East Texas area. Soules College of Business has four outreach centers and provides executive education opportunities, summits and trainings sessions. Soules College of Business connects to the business community by bringing business projects into the classroom so students can have hands on experience that sets them apart from other students.
If you have any questions, please contact us. We hope you agree that the Soules College of Business is the place for you.
Dr. Roger Lirely, Interim Dean
About the Dean
Dr. Lirely is the Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Business Law and a Professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Technology at The University of Texas at Tyler since 2010. Prior to joining UT Tyler he spent fourteen years at Western Carolina University where he was a Professor of Accounting and served in various capacities, including Department Head of Accountancy, Finance and Economics and Chair of Assurance of Learning. Dr. Lirely has won many awards for teaching and research, including the Jay I. Kneedler Professor of the Year and the Barry and Pat Smith Fellowship in Accountancy. His primary research and teaching interests are in federal income taxation. His has published in journals such as the American Business Law Journal, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law Review, the Seton Hall Law Review, the Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, the Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly, and Entrepreneurial Executive. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Lirely spent seventeen years in business, including time with State Farm Insurance Companies Corporate Headquarters, five years in the contract janitorial services business in Chicago, and eight years as part owner and Director of Operations for a financial services company in Chicago.