Dean and Leeds Professor 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, Purdue University. Dean Cosier is also the Director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, part of the new Discovery Park at Purdue University. 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. Prior to his academic career, he was a planning engineer with The Western Electric Company.
Dean Cosier joined Purdue in 1999. Krannert is widely recognized as a leading business school and is highly rated by the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report and Business Week. The Wall Street Journal ranked Krannert in the top dozen business programs in the world, while Business Week and U.S. News consistently rank Krannert among the world's elite business schools. At Krannert, during the spring of 2000, Dean Cosier announced a $10 million gift from alumnus Jerry S. Rawls. This gift completed funding Rawls Hall, which will house a portion of the Krannert School. While at Oklahoma, he concentrated on curricular improvement and private fund raising. 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 $75 million to the Krannert and Price College’s endowments and capital campaigns.
Dean Cosier has published over 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 several professional organizations. He was on the board of directors at First Fidelity Bank, N.A. of Oklahoma City, Century, Inc. of Midwest City, Oklahoma, and Bank One, Lafayette, Indiana.
Dean Cosier’s community service included 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. Beginning in 2001, Dean Cosier has been on the Executive Committee of the Greater Lafayette Community Development Corporation. He has also been active with the United Way of America at the national and local levels, and is currently serving as the Chairman of the Purdue University United Way campaign.