Enrique Venta


Dr. Enrique (Henry) Venta

Phone: (409) 880- 8603
Email: ventaer@lamar.edu
Office: Galloway Business Building Room 232

Ph.D.   Northwestern University
M.S.   Northwestern University
B.S.   The University of Puerto Rico

Dean's Letter

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I’m pleased to welcome current and future students, alumni, donors and employers, as well as our many friends and partners throughout Southeast Texas and beyond to the College of Business at Lamar University.

As Dean of the College of Business, I am excited about our accomplishments and about the many opportunities we are exploring to strengthen our already top-notch business education. Lamar University offers our students a superior business curriculum and a well-rounded core of arts and sciences in a College of Business that is committed to being an integral part of the business community.

Our primary goal is to ensure that all of our programs continue to serve the evolving and dynamic business marketplace in Southeast Texas, the whole state, across the country and around the world. Lamar University’s College of Business is distinctive because of the many important advantages we offer:

  • A strong and experienced faculty, who are committed to teaching and research, and who care deeply about our students.
  • Full-time faculty teaches more than 80% of our sections, and we maintain a low student-faculty ratio; as a result, 
    students learn in a highly interactive environment that provides close, personal attention.
  • Practical, flexible programs to respond to today's changing marketplace. Both our undergraduate and MBA programs offer full-time and part-time options.
  • An impressive network of accomplished business alumni, whose involvement in the college provides our students with speakers, internships, career opportunities and valuable ongoing support throughout their professional lives.

I hope you will learn more about us as you navigate our web pages. Thank you again for your interest, and I look forward to seeing you on campus very soon!

Enrique (Henry) R. Venta, Ph.D
College of Business

Courses Taught


Special Topics in Management 
Strategic Cases in Services Marketing and Management 


Introduction to Critical Thinking and Business Decision Making
Production Management

Courses taught, but not in the Schedule:

Production Management, Business Statistics, Operations Planning and Control, Operations Design, Operations Control, Operations Research (MBA), Operations Management (MBA), Cost and Quality Controls (MBA), Strategic Issues in Manufacturing Management (MBA) 

Professional Experience

Academic Experience 

Dean, College of Business, Lamar University (July, 2002 - Present), Beaumont, Texas.

Professor of Management, Lamar University (July, 2002 - Present), Beaumont, Texas.

Dean, School of Business Administration, Loyola University Chicago (August, 1999 - June, 2002), Chicago, Illinois.

Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Loyola University Chicago (August, 1979 - June, 2002), Chicago, Illinois.

Chairperson, Information Systems and Operations Management, Loyola University Chicago (August, 1996 - June, 1999), Chicago, Illinois.

Visiting Instructor, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Northwestern University (March, 1980 - June, 1980), Evanston, Illinois.

Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University (September, 1978 - December, 1978), Evanston, Illinois.

Non-Academic Experience 

Research Associate, Energy and Environmental Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory (June, 1978 - September, 1978), Argonne, Illinois.

Project Engineer, Rock Island Lines (June, 1977 - December, 1977), Chicago, Illinois. Internal Consulting at the firm's facility in Kansas City, KS.

Undergraduate Research Program, Applied Mathematics Division, Argonne National Laboratory (June, 1976 - September, 1976), Argonne, Illinois.

Intern Staff Industrial Engineer, Tenna, Incorporated (June, 1975 - August, 1975), Caguas, Puerto Rico. 


Professional Service 

Board Member: Advisory Board
2014 – 2015:  Southeast Texas Economic Development District Board (Regional).  Appointed by Jefferson County Judge
2012 – 2015:  CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Region, Beaumont, Texas (Regional).  Member, Regional Board of CHRISTUS
2011 – 2015:  Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity (International).  Founding Member: Deans Council
2011 – 2015:  Small Business Development Center, Beaumont, Texas (Local).
2011 – 2014:  Southeast Texas Economic Development District Board (Regional).  Appointed by Jefferson County Judge
2011:  Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Austin, Texas (State).  Appointed by governor of Texas.

Board Member: Board of Trustees
2011 – 2015:  Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Beaumont, Texas (Regional).  Elected member of the board.

Chair: Committee / Task Force
2015:  AACSB, Conway, Arkansas (International).   Chair, Continuous Improvement Review Team,  Central Arkansas
2014 – 2015:  AACSB, Florence, South Carolina (International).
2014:  AACSB, Conway, Arkansas (International).   Chair, Continuous Improvement Review Team,  Central Arkansas
2013 – 2014:  AACSB, Erie, Pennsylvania (International).  Chair, AACSB_international Peer Review Team- Pen State -Erie, The Behrend College
2013 – 2014:  AACSB, Durant, Oklahoma (International).  Chair, Peer Review Team Member for Maintenance of Accreditation, South Eastern Oklahoma State University
2013 – 2014:  AACSB, Americus, Georgia (International).  Chair, Continuous Improvement Review Team, Georgia Southwestern
2013:  AACSB, Conway, Arkansas (International).   Chair, Continuous Improvement Review Team,  Central Arkansas
2012:  AACSB, Valdosta, Georgia (International).  Chair, AACSB Peer Review Team - Valdosta State University
2012:  AACSB, Radford, Virginia (International).  Chair, Peer Review Accreditation Team, Radford University

Member: Committee/Task Force
2011 – 2015:  AACSB (State).  Texas Council of Business Deans
2011 – 2015:  AACSB (Regional).  Southwest Business Deans Association
2011 – 2015:  AACSB (Regional).  Southern Business Deans Council

Institutional Service 

College Assignments

2015-2016:  Executive Committee  
2011-2012 – 2014-2015:  Executive Committee Lamar University  

2015-2016:  Student-Faculty Relations Committee  
2015-2016:  Commencement Committee  
2014-2015 – 2015-2016:  BUSI 2300  
2014-2015:  Conferment  

University Assignments

2012-2013 – 2015-2016:  CICE Steering Group  
2011-2012 – 2015-2016:  University Institutional Effectiveness Committee Lamar University  
2013-2014 – 2014-2015:  Search Committee Dean of the College of Engineering  

2011-2012 – 2015-2016:  Academic Technology Committee Lamar University  
2011-2012 – 2015-2016:  Academic Council Lamar University  
2012-2013 – 2013-2014:  Presidential Search Committee  
2011-2012 – 2012-2013:  Long Range Planning Committee Lamar University  

Other Institutional Service Activities:
2011-2012 – 2013-2014:  Big Idea Competition: Judge

Community Service 

Member of a Committee
2014 – 2015:  CASA of Southeast Texas - Court Appointed Special Advocates
2011 – 2015:  Beaumont Rotary Club

Other Community Service Activities
2011 – 2013:  Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - St. Jude Thadeaus Catholic Church

Positions Held in Civic Organizations
2013 – 2015:  Symphony of Southeast Texas, President
2013:  Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, Immediate Past President, Board of Directors
2011 – 2013:  CASA of Southeast Texas - Court Appointed Special Advocates, Treasurer

Intellectual Contributions

Refereed Articles 

  • Turner, K., Escamilla, C., & Venta, E. R. (2015).  The Symphony of Southeast Texas in 2015.   Journal of Business Case Studies, 12 (2).

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers 

  • Venta, E. R. (2015). Impact of Hispanics in America.   2015 Hispanic Heritage Celebration, Beaumont Federal Correctional Complex, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Venta, E. R. (2015). Engaging Advisory Boards in Innovative and Impactful Ways.   Texas Business Deans Meeting, Lubbock, Texas.
  • Venta, E. R. (2015, June). Continuous Improvement Review under the 2013 Standards:
    • Team and School Perspectives.   Southwest Business Deans' Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Venta, E. R. & Sanderson, J. (2012, August). Using Institutional Effectiveness Plans to Drive Curricular Improvement.   Lamar Univeristy, Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Venta, E. R. (2011). Impact of Hispanics on Higher Education.   Hispanic Heritage Day at LIT, Beaumont, Texas.
  • Venta, E. R. & Mathews, T. (2011). Institutional Effectiveness for Department Chairs.   Lamar University Faculty Development Symposium, Beaumont, Texas.

Research Reports 

  • 2015: Venta, E. R., & Escamilla, C., The Symphony of Southeast Texas and Lamar University 2007-2015., submitted to Accreditation and Assessment Committee.