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Professor Bette Ann Stead Papers


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Academic Projects


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Honors and Awards

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Organization Affiliations

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Professor Bette Ann Stead Papers, 1967-2007 | University of Houston Libraries

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Collection Overview

Title: Professor Bette Ann Stead Papers, 1967-2007

ID: 02/2001-013

Primary Creator: Stead, Bette Ann, 1935-

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: There is some overlap between the information in several of the series, especially Honors and Awards, Accomplishments and Recognition, Organization Affiliations, and Community Activism, and so the researcher should cross-check and correlate the information from the various series.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2005

Subjects: Stead, Bette Ann, 1935-, University of Houston - Faculty, University of Houston. College of Business Administration

Forms of Material: Agendas (administrative records), Articles, Brochures, Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Faculty papers, Fliers (printed matter), Lectures, Newspapers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection primarily contains announcements, scholarly journal articles, newsletters, and newspaper clippings, the majority pertaining to Dr. Stead's academic contributions as well as her efforts to establish the Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW) and the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable (GHBER). The material has been arranged into 8 series: Miscellaneous; Academic Projects; Training/Workshops; Scholarly Works; Honors and Awards; Accomplishments and Recognition; Organization Affiliations; Community Activism.

Biographical Note

Dr. Bette Ann Stead, known as the Architect for C.T. Bauer's $40 million endowment, is professor emerita of the C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston, where she taught for 34 years.  Dr. Stead's numerous articles have been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Business Horizons, Group and Organization Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Journal of Business Ethics, Information and Optimization Sciences, Journal of Library Administration, Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing, Library Quarterly, Vital Speeches of the Day, etc.   In 1978, she co-authored Business English and Communication (McGraw-Hill).   Also in 1978, Stead published the first edition of Women in Management (Prentice Hall), which she used in her "Women in Administration" course. In 1985, the second edition was published.

In 1975, when Dr. Stead began teaching her groundbreaking course, "Women in Administration," women were denied membership in business and service organizations. On March 31, 1981, Dr. Stead presented a suggested constitution and bylaws to representatives from 20 business and scientific women’s organizations, which was used to establish the Federation of Houston Professional Women (FHPW), in September of that year. FHPW now has some fifty member organizations.  http://www.fhpw.org/our_history.html

In 1989, while serving as the Director of the Institute for Business, Ethics, and Public Issues, Dr. Stead presented a concept statement suggesting that the business school could bring together company representatives to discuss ethical concerns.  There was very little interest in establishing such an organization. On October 26 1995, she again forwarded her concept statement regarding the establishment of the Greater Houston Business Ethics Roundtable (GHBER).  This time, Dr. Stead did receive a positive response from local businesses. Shortly thereafter, GHBER was established to highlight the pivotal role of ethics in the workplace and to share "best practices." On November 16, 1999, GHBER presented Dr. Stead with the "1999 Dedicated Service Award," due to her efforts in creating this organization. In 2006 on GHBER's Tenth Anniversary, five $1000 scholarships were named in her honor. "The GHBER Bette Stead Scholarships" recognize her tireless dedication to education as well as the decisive role she played in establishing this organization. These 5 scholarships are awarded to Houston-area MBA students, and numerous major corporations belong to GHBER today.  http://www.ghber.org.

In 1999, Dr. Stead became the architect of the capital campaign needs assessment that led to C.T. Bauer's $40 million endowment of the University of Houston's College of Business Administration.  She has endowed three memorial scholarships in the C. T. Bauer College of Business honoring her aunt, paternal grandparents, and parents.  These scholarships are managed by the Cougar Investment Fund, L.L.C., which allows graduate students to gain valuable experience in money-management.

Dr. Stead has received the Distinguished Faculty Member Award, C. T. Bauer College of Business Alumni Association; Melcher Faculty Service Fellow for outstanding service productivity and contributions to  field, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1999-2000; Melcher Award for Excellence in Service for accomplishments and contributions in all dimensions of professional service, 1995; Senior Service Award for outstanding service as mentor, scholar, and role model, Women in Management Division, Academy of Management, 1992; and was named Distinguished Alumna, Lamar University, 2004. She has endowed three memorial scholarships in the Lamar University College of Business honoring her aunt, paternal grandparents, and parents.  In 1970 she guided the work that won the MBA Magazine award, for best graduate research by a business student in the U. S. ($700 for student; $500 for UH Library).  She also was invited to the White House July 1, 1976, to attend the International Women's Year report ceremony presentation to President Gerald R. Ford.  In June 12-16, 1972, she was a participant in the "Global Strategy Discussions," Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

She developed a course called "Marketing for Nonprofits."  Her students completed over 150 projects for Houston-area nonprofits.  Her community service also includes being president, River Oaks Business Women's Exchange Club, 1991; president, advisory board, The Women's Home (founded 1957), 501 (c)(3), only agency in Houston offering women long-term residential care, psychiatric and nurse practitioner services, psychotherapy, chemical dependency services and vocational and spiritual development programs, 2002-2004; president, board of directors, Houston Compass, Inc., (501 (c)(3) provides job leads, bus tokens, and legal aid for street people; president, board of directors, Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) Endowment, 2003.  She chaired the $2M renovation of Christ Church Cathedral, 1994.  She also chaired the $4M capital expansion (1999) as well as the $10M affordable housing project (2001-now) for The Women's Home. 

She has also published, The Adventures of December, The Women's Home Cat, about a real cat that has lived at The Women’s Home for some 20 years; and C. C. Billy Goat and the First Christ Church, based on an 1852 painting by Thomas Flintoff of the first Christ Church, which stands where Christ Church Cathedral stands today.  She has gifted the first printing and copyright for both stories to these organizations.

Subject/Index Terms

Stead, Bette Ann, 1935-
University of Houston - Faculty
University of Houston. College of Business Administration

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Source: Dr. Bette Ann Stead

Acquisition Method:

Donated by Dr. Bette Ann Stead, 2005.

An addition to the collection arrived in 2016, accession # 2016-038. These additional boxes are not yet processed.

Related Materials:

Federation of Houston Professional Women Records, 1998-006 http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=347

Written as Degree Requirements:

Although not part of this collection, the researcher may wish to examine two other scholarly works by Dr. Stead, which are housed in Special Collections. Both of these items are typescripts, which she submitted to fulfill degree requirements for the Doctor of Education degree.

"Galveston Bay: The Race to Save a Resource," TD224.T4S73 1966

A Computer Approach to University Curriculum Design for Administrative Management, Thesis 370 1967.S799

Preferred Citation: Professor Bette Ann Stead Papers, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Miscellaneous],
[Series 2: Academic Projects, 1974-1999],
[Series 3: Training/Workshops, 1974-1999],
[Series 4: Scholarly Works, 1968-2001],
[Series 5: Honors and Awards, 1975-2004],
[Series 6: Accomplishments and Recognition, 1991-2006],
[Series 7: Organization Affiliations],
[Series 8: Community Activism, 1974-2002],

Series 2: Academic Projects, 1974-1999
This series consists of 5 folders pertaining to Dr. Stead's academic contributions, which include college- and graduate-level courses, seminar presentations, conference papers and panels on which she has served. Although the folders in this series contain mainly newspaper clippings and correspondence relating to her academic activities, there are syllabi and course descriptions for the course on "Women in Administration."
Box 1
Folder 3: "SOM 436 and SOM 636/00354: Women in Administration," UH College of Business Administration, 1974-1979
Folder 4: "GENB 7336: Women in Administration," UH College of Business Administration, 1980-1989
Folder 5: "MARK 4377: Business and Public Issues," and "MARK 7397: Marketing for Non-Profits,", 1990-1999
Folder 6: Seminars, 1968-1970
Folder 7: Conference Papers and Panel Discussions, 1969-1974

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Miscellaneous],
[Series 2: Academic Projects, 1974-1999],
[Series 3: Training/Workshops, 1974-1999],
[Series 4: Scholarly Works, 1968-2001],
[Series 5: Honors and Awards, 1975-2004],
[Series 6: Accomplishments and Recognition, 1991-2006],
[Series 7: Organization Affiliations],
[Series 8: Community Activism, 1974-2002],

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