Dr. Beach is Dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas Permian Basin. Since his arrival at UTPB, the college has experienced exciting growth, fostered by the dedication of its faculty and staff and the support of industry leaders in the Permian Basin. New degree programs in Energy Land Management and Healthcare Management reflect the commitment of UTPB to serve the region. Entrepreneurship programs he has helped bring to the Permian Basin will foster new enterprises that will contribute to the region for decades to come.
Steve served as Associate Dean and Professor of Finance in the College of Business and Economics at Radford University and has served on the faculties of Loyola Marymount University and Texas State University. He consulted for the CFA® Institute, helping develop curriculum and training for the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement. He has provided consulting services to manufacturing firms, marketing consulting firms, government-finance officer associations, and a plastics recycling firm. Steve has garnered several teaching awards and was founding adviser of the Radford University Student Managed Investment Portfolio Organization, which won two international competitions for performance in managing its (now) over $2 million equity portfolio.
Dr. Beach earned his Ph.D. from Washington State University and his MBA and BSBA from Tennessee Tech. His research has focused on global portfolio management, personal finance, and downside risk measures.
Steve is married to Rachael Beach, a native Texan, and has two grown children: Zack and Cypress. Steve plays tennis for exercise and relaxation and is an avid fan of sports, music, and the arts. Since relocating to Odessa, he has camped and hiked in numerous national and state parks, recently purchasing a camping trailer with air conditioning.
Steve serves on the board of the Permian Basin Water in Energy Conference and the Bush Tennis Center. At UTPB, he is the Faculty Athletics Representative, representing the university in conference and NCAA affairs.