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Stead inducted into LU College of Business Hall of Fame

Bette Stead, a 1957 graduate of Lamar, is the first woman to be inducted into the Lamar University College of Business Hall of Fame. An author and former LU faculty member, Stead holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas and a doctorate from the University of Houston.

“The College of Business is delighted to honor Bette Stead by inducting her into the College of Business Hall of Fame,” said LU business dean Enrique “Henry” Venta. “The hall of fame honors alumni from the college who have made significant achievements in their careers and been an integral part of the college.”

Upon receiving her doctorate, she joined UH’s faculty in the Bauer College of Business. She was named a Melcher Faculty Service Fellow for outstanding service productivity in 1992 and in 1995 received the Melcher Award for Excellence in Service. Stead taught UH’s first electronic commerce courses and also taught an MBA course via the Internet.

In 2000, Stead received the Distinguished Faculty Member Award and is noted as “the architect of the capital campaign proposal that culminated in Ted Bauer’s $40M endowment” for the Bauer College of Business. She retired from UH in 2001 as professor emerita in marketing. She has written many articles that have appeared in leading business publications such as “Academy of Management Journal” and the “Journal of Business Ethics.” Two editions (1978, 1982) of her book, “Women in Management,” were published by Prentice-Hall.

Community service has always been a major part of her life. As founder of the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable, she brought together major Houston businesses to share best practices. In honor and admiration, the organization established five MBA scholarships in her name. She also chaired the $4M capital expansion of The Women’s Home, a 50+ year-old nonprofit that gives eighteen months shelter to fifty-five women. She was president of the advisory board in 2002-2003 and completed a two-year feasibility study to determine if The Women’s Home should build some affordable housing. Her recommendations were accepted by the governing board, and she chaired the $11.1M affordable housing project, which opened in January 2011. For her work on this project she received a Mayor’s Volunteer Houston Award in 2010. Lamar University has also benefitted from Stead’s service and generosity with three endowed memorial scholarships in the LU College of Business dedicated to her family.

“Bette has had a wonderful career as a distinguished business educator and has offered the College of Business her substantial contacts, great encouragement, and substantial financial support,” Venta said. “The Hall of Fame inductees are wonderful role models for the students and Bette is an outstanding example of hard work and dedication leading to success.”

As a Lamar student, Stead edited “The Cardinal” yearbook for three years and was a charter member of Gamma Phi chapter of Alpha Chi Omega. She was awarded the McFaddin Citizenship Award her senior year and toured Europe, Greenland, the Far East and the Caribbean for nine years performing with the Melody Maids under the direction of Eloise Milam. The Melody Maids was established by Milam in 1942 as a means of raising money for U.S. forces in World War II.

Stead married Carter Eugene (Gene) Carlton, Jr. MD in 2010. Carlton is a professor and chairman emeritus for the Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. They enjoy being with family and dear friends and spend a good deal of their time fishing and traveling internationally.

Past inductees to the LU College of Business Hall of Fame include C.W. Conn, Jr., Elvis Mason, James Crump, Jordan “Jerry” Reese III, Robert Swerdlow and Bill Childs.