HBU names new leadership for

the Archie W. Dunham College of Business and

McNair Center for Entrepreneurship

HOUSTON – (Jan. 14, 2022) – Brenda Rios Brombacher, Mike Rome, and Dr. Greggory Keiffer appointed as Director for the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and Deans for the Archie W. Dunham College of Business at Houston Baptist University.

Ms. Brenda Rios Brombacher is appointed as the new Director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise, and Assistant Professor. Brombacher earned a B.A. in International Business from University of Houston-Downtown, a Master’s in Diplomacy from Norwich University, and is near completion of a DBA in Entrepreneurship from Walden University. She has teaching experience at the University of Houston-Downtown, worked five years for the US Department of State to promote and execute entrepreneurship programs throughout Africa and the Middle East, and she has 2.5 years of experience in a start-up company. For the past five years, she was the Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives and Community Relations at Houston Community College, where she demonstrated skill in grant writing, fundraising, and building community partnerships. Brombacher grew up in Houston working in her parents’ family business, and has many continuing relationships. In addition, Brombacher has a broad range of experience working directly with teams and organizations that developed and implemented on-site entrepreneurial programs and activities that directly impacted regions and communities.

Mr. Mike Rome has accepted appointment as Dean for the Archie W. Dunham College of Business and as Director of Academic Partnerships for the University. Rome previously served as Chair of the McNair Center Advisory Panel and then as Interim Director of the McNair Center during 2021. He is a former CEO of multiple companies during his career and a business leader. He envisions this stage of his career as applying and leveraging his experience, leadership, and devotion to Christ. During his time as Interim Director of the McNair Center, he engaged with every dean and every college, seeking ways to help students all over campus. Rome brings a unique collection of skills, experience, and relationships that will help Houston Baptist University to grow the scope and impact of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, and the entire university.

As Dean, Rome will be the principal spokesperson and advocate for the College, accountable for alumni cultivation and fundraising, and providing oversight of the College’s academic programs to produce strong student outcomes and achievement. The operational aspects of the College will be administered by the new Executive Associate Dean, Dr. Greggory Keiffer. Both Rome and Keiffer will serve as members of the Dean’s Council.

As Director of Academic Partnerships, Rome will assist all Academic Deans with establishing effective advisory boards, identify development opportunities and seek external support, maintain active engagement with existing corporate partnerships (for-profit and non-profit), and assist the Provost with developing university-wide initiatives that address the workforce needs and professional solutions for major Houston industries.

Dr. Greggory Keiffer previously served as the Interim Dean for the College of Business and has accepted appointment as the Executive Associate Dean (EAD). The EAD is responsible for the oversight of the College’s academic programs and is supportive of strong student outcomes and achievement. The EAD is accountable for the review of curricula and programs, staffing, budgeting, and oversight of all operational functions of the College. As chief academic officer of the College, the Executive Associate Dean provides leadership to advance the educational and scholarly missions of programs in the College and fosters and encourages an academic climate that is responsive, student-centered, innovative, and entrepreneurial.

Mike Rome, and Dr. Greggory Keiffer assumed their positions on January 3rd, 2022, and Brenda Rios Brombacher assumed her position on January 10th, 2022.