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Kurt Christensen has been named senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Christensen comes to Kogod from the Kellogg School of Management, where he has served as a faculty member, as well as the associate director of executive education, since 1982. Christensen previously served as a visiting professor at Kogod, assistant professor of strategic management at Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management, and visiting professor at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He has consulted on and taught management development programs in the United States, Europe, Mexico, South America, and Thailand. He earned his PhD in management and strategy from Columbia University.

Peter G. Kelly has been named assistant dean and executive director for corporate relations at the Boston University School of Management. Kelly was director of graduate admissions and financial aid at the School of Management from August 1996 through January 2001. Prior to this, he was on the faculty at Clark University, where he combined teaching with graduate admissions. Kelly also served as an executive recruiter for J. Robert Scott, a Fidelity Investment Company.

Kelly received his BA as a double major in anthropology and Spanish at Lawrence University and his MBA at Thunderbird.

Robert Kolb has been named assistant dean for business and society at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. In this position, Kolb will coordinate the Leeds School’s initiative that examines the impact business has on society. Kolb taught at the University of Miami from 1983 until 1995. From 1990 to 1995, he was the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Finance. During his tenure at Miami, he served as department chair. Previously he taught at Emory University and the University of Florida. He earned PhDs in finance and philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Robert McLean has been appointed dean and director of the Australian Graduate School of Management, serving both the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. McLean was previously managing partner of McKinsey & Company for Australia and New Zealand. Since leaving that position in 1997, he has been active as a company director, serving on the boards of CSR, Pacific Dunlop, and GS Private Equity. He has also served in private equity investment and nonprofit community roles as president of the Benevolent Society, chairman of Social Ventures Australia, and a director of the Centre for Independent Studies. McLean has a degree in economic statistics from the University of New England and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Lawrence P. Ward was promoted to assistant dean for undergraduate programs for the Kogod School of Business at American University. He oversees all recruitment, curricular, programming, advising, career development, and operational functions related to undergraduate degree programs. Prior to joining Kogod, Ward served as managing director of the Training and Development Solutions Group for Professional Resource Services, Inc., a consulting firm based in Vienna, Virginia. He also held positions at the University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, Aetna Inc., and General Electric. Ward holds a BS in business administration from the University of Connecticut and an MA in higher education administration from the University of Michigan.

Admissions, Career Services, and Marketing Professionals, Program Directors, and Others

Deb Basarich has been named University of Minnesota’s director of student affairs for the full-time MBA office. She manages both the curricular and cocurricular aspects of the program. Basarich has 13 years of student administrative experience at the University of Minnesota. She first joined the university in 1989 as an administrator for the graduate school and worked with master’s and doctoral students in more than 100 different majors. In 1996, Basarich accepted a position in the Carlson School to lead the semester transition process for the part-time MBA program. She was then promoted to a position as senior advisor, providing curriculum and course scheduling advice to MBA students. Basarich holds a BS degree from the University of Minnesota.

Jim Bast was recently named director of the full-time MBA program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to this, he was a consultant for BusinessWeek. From 1993 to 2002, he was assistant dean and director of graduate business programs at the University of Cincinnati. Before entering the academic field, Bast worked in both the retail and telecommunications industries. Bast has been an active participant in GMAC®, serving on multiple committees and task forces. He served on the GMAC® Board of Directors from 1999 to 2001. Bast holds both a BBA and an MBA from the University of Toledo.

Dan Chatham has been appointed associate director of recruiting and admissions for MBA and MS programs at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. Chatham has been with the Fox School since 2001. In 2002, Chatham received the Fox School’s Executive Director’s Award for Outstanding Commitment to Service. Prior to joining Temple, Chatham worked in corporate accounting and finance with PPG Industries. He earned his BBA from the Fox School and is currently completing his MBA at Fox on a part-time basis.

Dustin Cornwell has been named director of admissions and recruiting for the full-time MBA program at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international business from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and received his MBA with a concentration in marketing from Carlson. Prior to working at the Carlson School, Cornwell spent five years as an undergraduate admissions officer at George Washington University.

Clare Foley has been promoted to director of the Graduate Business Career Center at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. She began her career in higher education in admissions and counseling at universities in Boston and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Carlson School in 1987, she ran a successful Minneapolis-based career counseling firm for 10 years. She has served in progressive roles within the Graduate Business Career Center throughout her time at Carlson. Foley holds an MA in counseling from George Washington University.

Isser Gallogly has been appointed director of admissions for the full-time MBA program at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Gallogly has a diverse background in marketing, recruiting, and finance. Most recently, he was the senior marketing manager for lipstick and nail polish for Maybelline USA. Prior to that, he worked in numerous marketing roles at Unilever on several brands and headed MBA recruiting for marketing. Gallogly also worked for Fleet Bank in training, recruiting, and loan analysis. Gallogly received his BS in economics from Colby College and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Lizzette Hernandez has been appointed director of the Career Center for Working Professionals (CCWP) at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In this newly created position, Hernandez leads a team of counselors/recruitment managers responsible for providing ongoing career counseling and job development services to part-time MBA students, eligible executive MBA students, and alumni of all Stern MBA programs. Prior to joining Stern, Hernandez spent three years as a vice president at JPMorgan Chase, where she served as a national recruitment manager and a senior human resources generalist in the firm’s investment banking division. Before JPMorgan Chase, Hernandez consulted at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch in various recruitment and human resources roles. Hernandez also worked as a civil litigator at the firm of Mortenson & Pomeroy in Springfield, New Jersey. She earned a BS in communications from the University of Delaware and a JD from Fordham University.

John S. Hurley has been named assistant director of MBA admissions at Boston College’s Carroll Graduate School of Management. Prior to coming to Boston College, Hurley taught American government and American history at the high school level, then served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Tufts University. He also worked as a recruiting manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ask Jeeves/Direct Hit Technologies. Hurley served as director of human resources for Cell Exchange and senior human resources consultant for JVT Advisors. He has a bachelor's degree from Tufts and is earning an MBA at Boston College.

Valerie Liepis has been named admissions counselor at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. Liepus previously worked at Temple University in student financial services. Prior to joining Temple, she worked in customer service at Aegon Direct Marketing Services. Liepis earned a BA in management from Pennsylvania State University.

Cindy McCauley has been named assistant director of the executive MBA program at the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. Prior to joining the Fox School, McCauley served as regional manager for Allegheny Child Care Academy in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. She has spent most of her professional life in education. She graduated from Robert Morris University with a BS in business administration.

Joann McKenna has been appointed vice president for enrollment management at the McCallum Graduate School of Business, Bentley College. McKenna joined Bentley in 1993 as director of undergraduate admission and most recently served as Bentley’s dean of undergraduate admission and financial assistance. As vice president, McKenna’s areas of responsibility include undergraduate and graduate admission, institutional financial assistance, precollegiate outreach, and all aspects of enrollment planning and systems. Prior to coming to Bentley, she held positions at LeMoyne, Siena College, and John Carroll University. McKenna is a graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y.

Lawrence J. Murray II has been appointed assistant director of admissions for the MBA program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Previously, Murray served as assistant director for fund-raising and development within the office of admissions and new student enrollment at the University of Arizona. Prior to that, Murray coordinated incoming student and parent orientation programs. Murray also spent nearly five years in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Arizona as the head coach for the Arizona cheerleading and mascot program. Murray earned a BA in psychology and political science and an MA in public administration and policy from the University of Arizona. He also holds an MA in organizational management and development from the University of Phoenix.

Anika Davis Pratt has been promoted to director of part-time MBA admissions at the New York University Stern School of Business. From May 2000, Pratt served as chairperson of the admission committee for both the full-time and part-time MBA programs. Pratt’s career at New York University began in 1996 in the office of undergraduate admissions, where she was a member of the admission committee for the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that, she spent two years as a corporate recruiter for Ernst and Young’s management consulting practice in New York. Pratt earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard and a master’s degree in higher education administration from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Clare Seagraves has been named assistant director of admissions at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Seagraves will assist the director and oversee the admissions committee. Seagraves previously served as admissions counselor for two and a half years at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She earned a BA in history at Salem College.

Sondra Smith has been appointed acting director of graduate programs for the Kogod School of Business at American University. She oversees all admissions, academic counseling, and career services functions. Smith previously worked for Learning Force, Inc., as its director of operations and education advisor. She was an undergraduate counselor for the University of Maryland. Smith holds a master of education in counselor education and a bachelor of science in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University.

Ward Snearly, director of admissions at Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management, is retiring after nearly 30 years at Purdue.

Valerie Sutton has been appointed director of the graduate career management center at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Sutton was most recently with the Wharton School’s MBA career management office, where she worked with students on building individual strategies for their job search, managed corporate outreach efforts, and developed programming. Prior to joining Wharton, Valerie worked in career management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Valerie earned her master of education degree and bachelor of science in business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Jill Terry was appointed director of the Center for Business Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Center for Business Education is a joint center of the Leeds School of Business and the division of continuing education, offering executive education classes and a business certificate program for undergraduates. Previously the director of the executive MBA program at the University of Washington at Seattle, Terry also served the University of Washington’s MBA office as director of marketing, recruiting, and admissions, and managing director of the Environmental Management Program. Terry earned a BS in business administration from Montana State University in Billings, Montana.

Brent Winkelman has been appointed assistant director of admissions in the MBA program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. His duties involve marketing and communications. He also assists in the planning of diversity initiatives; travels and recruits domestically; and assists with the implementation of admissions directives. He earned a BA in English from Texas A&M University and an MA in English/creative writing from the University of Texas.

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