Thomas W. Gilligan

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Thomas W. Gilligan
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Director of the
Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
Assumed office
Preceded byJohn Raisian
Personal details
Born San Diego, California
Alma mater University of Oklahoma
Washington University in St. Louis
ProfessionProfessor of Finance and Economics

Thomas W. Gilligan is the director of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He was formerly the dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the McCombs School, Gilligan held a variety of positions at the University of Southern California from 1987 until 2008. [1]

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Early life

Thomas Gilligan was born in San Diego, California and spent his childhood years moving from base to base along the West Coast and Hawaii. In his teens, Gilligan's family moved to Oklahoma, where he completed high school. After high school, Gilligan joined the United States Air Force where after 10 months of learning the Russian language, Gilligan intercepted communications while flying reconnaissance missions over the Soviet Union. After four-years in the Air Force, Gilligan enrolled and graduated in three years from the University of Oklahoma After graduation, Gilligan attended graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis on a fellowship program. Before completing his PhD under Barry R. Weingast at Washington University, Gilligan was a staff economist on the Council of Economic Advisers under President Ronald Reagan from 1982–1983. [2]

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Gilligan is married to Christie Skinner. The couple have three children.[ citation needed ]

Teaching career

After graduation from Washington University, Gilligan was Assistant Professor of Economics and taught undergraduate and PhD level courses in economics and political economy at the California Institute of Technology until 1987. For the next two decades, Gilligan taught a variety of courses and held multiple positions at the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California until becoming dean at the McCombs School of Business. At the Marshall School, Gilligan was the interim dean for over a year from February 2006 until James G. Ellis replaced him in April 2007. Also, Gilligan was a visiting professor from the late-1980s until the mid-1990s at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.

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McCombs School of Business

After a nationwide search, Gilligan was appointed dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Gilligan followed George W. Gau after six years in the previous position. [3]

The Hoover Institution

Thomas Gilligan began his tenure as the director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in September 2015. [4]

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Business career

Gilligan serves on the board of directors of Southwest Airlines. [5]

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  1. "Thomas W. Gilligan's Vita". Archived from the original on 17 August 2003. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
  2. "California Dreamer". Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
  3. "Thomas W. Gilligan Appointed Dean Of McCombs School of Business". July 9, 2008. Retrieved 25 June 2009.
  4. "Thomas W. Gilligan profile at the Hoover Institution".
  5. "Board of Directors". Southwest Airlines. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
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Preceded by
Yash Gupta
Marshall School of Business Dean
Succeeded by
James G. Ellis
Preceded by
George W. Gau
McCombs School of Business Dean
Succeeded by
Jay Hartzell