Game Development and Design Executive Board

The Game Development and Design Program has received support from inside and outside the University of Texas at Austin. The GDAD Executive Board includes leaders from both UT and industry professionals. The board’s purpose is to ensure the GDAD Program meets the needs of industry while ensuring the industry hires our students. The following board members from UT and the industry are instrumental in growing the program.

Academic Leadership

The University of Texas at Austin lead is Paul Toprac, Associate Director and Senior Lecturer of the Game Development and Design Program. He works closely with Doug Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Donald Fussell, Chair of the Department of Computer Science, and Bruce Pennycook, Chair of the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies.

Doug Dempster headshot

Doug Dempster

Donald Fussell headshot

Donald Fussell

Bruce Pennycook headshot

Bruce Pennycook

Paul Toprac headshot

Paul Toprac

Industry Chair

Jerry Bowerman headshot

Jerry Bowerman
Vice President of Information Technology at Sedera Health
2014 Bronze GAMMA Champ2015 Bronze GAMMA Champ

Industry Members

Jennifer Bullard headshot

Jennifer Bullard
Senior Project Manager  at Intific

Comments: “UT Austin has created a top tier game development program that prepares students for work in the video game industry. This much-needed program brings qualified candidates to employer’s doorsteps and supports our local ecosystem. We are looking forward to great graduates year after year.”

Andrew Busey headshot

Andrew Busey
Founder & CPO at Conversable
2014 Bronze GAMMA Champ

Anthony Castoro headshot

Anthony Castoro
General Manager at Daybreak Games

Brett Close headshot

Brett Close
SVP of Technology/Production at Daybreak Games

Scott Henderson headshot

Scott Henderson
SVP of Engineering Services at Everi

Mark Tait headshot

Mark Tait
Senior Director of Product at Scientific Games

Richard Vogel headshot

Richard Vogel
VP of Technology & Services at Certain Affinity

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Gordon Walton
President at ArtCraft Entertainment
2014 Bronze GAMMA Champ