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Richard Coughlan has been named associate dean for graduate and executive programs at the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond. A member of the management faculty at Richmond since 1998, Coughlan has taught courses on business ethics and negotiation.

Prior to entering academia, Coughlan worked in hospitality management. In his academic career, he has taught ethical decision making to professionals in a variety of industries, including hospitality, software, real estate, and law enforcement. Coughlan has published research in management and psychology journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Business Ethics. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, and the Society for Business Ethics and currently serves on the executive committee of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. He earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and MS, MBA, and PhD degrees from the University of Arizona.

Daniel Garza has been promoted to assistant dean of the MBA program at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. He has been at McCombs since 2001, serving as director of marketing and diversity initiatives and as director of admissions. Prior to that, Garza worked in marketing at Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Ziff-Davis. He earned an undergraduate business degree at McCombs and an MBA from the Stern School at New York University.

Stephen Lawrence has been named interim dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He will take over the post vacated by the former dean, Steven Manaster, for the period of one year. Lawrence was formerly the associate dean for academic programs at the Leeds School of Business, faculty director of the Leeds School’s Center for Business Education, and associate professor of operations management. He also has served Leeds School as chair of the management division, interim director of the MBA program, and director of the operations management and information systems doctoral programs.

Before joining the Leeds School faculty in 1993, Lawrence taught in MBA, doctoral, and executive programs at Washington University in St. Louis, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked in industry for eight years in operations management, quality management, and sales engineering. For five of those years, he was vice president of operations for Teetor Casting, an entrepreneurial metal-casting firm in Illinois. Lawrence received his doctorate in operations management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Carlos Losada Marrodan has been reelected for a second four-year term as director general of ESADE. In addition to his teaching activities at ESADE, Losada serves on the boards of directors of Gas Natural and the Penteo Group. He previously held several posts in the Catalonian Autonomous Government, where he was general secretary of public administration and function.

Losada is a graduate from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, holds a law degree from the University of Barcelona, a degree in business administration and an MBA from ESADE, and a PhD in business administration from ESADE–Ramon Llull University.

Xavier Mendoza Mayordomo has been reelected for a second four-year term as dean of ESADE. Mendoza has worked extensively as a consultant in the private and public sectors and is an expert on public service administration. He continues to work as an advisor on public policy to several local governments and public administrations in Spain. Mendoza is a graduate of ESADE and the University of Barcelona.

Frederick Niswander has been named dean of the College of Business at East Carolina University. He succeeds Ernie Uhr, who is retiring after 21 years as dean of the College of Business. Niswander formerly served as the assistant dean for graduate programs in the College of Business and chair of the faculty at East Carolina University.

Before coming to the university, Niswander was vice president and chief financial officer of Burns International, Inc., a privately held real estate firm. He has been a CPA for 21 years and is certified in Arizona and North Carolina.

Niswander is the author or coauthor of three books and 11 articles in scholarly journals and has received numerous teaching awards. He currently serves as the treasurer of the North Carolina Association of CPAs. He is the recipient of the outstanding educator award for North Carolina. He holds a BBA from Idaho State University and a PhD in accounting from Texas A&M University.

P. David Shields joined the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston as associate dean of the EMBA program and professor of accounting. Prior to joining the Bauer College, he was associate dean for MBA and executive education, director of MBA programs, James C. Flores Endowed Chair of MBA Studies, and professor of business administration at Louisiana State University. He also served as professor at Thunderbird’s Garvin School of International Management, associate professor at the University of Houston and at Texas A&M University, and visiting assistant professor at the University of Michigan.

Shields began his career as a staff accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. He has been engaged as a consultant for more than 25 major corporations. He holds a BA and an MBA from Ohio State University, a CPA from the state of Ohio, and a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Short has been named dean of the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He is the former dean and current professor of accounting for the Richard T. Farmer School of Business Administration at Miami University, Ohio. He also held numerous high-level administrative posts at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

Short coauthored Fundamentals of Financial Accounting, one of the most widely used financial accounting textbooks in the United States and Canada. And, at the University of Texas, he received the Undergraduate Business Council Award for Teaching Excellence, the Texas Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Graduate Business Professor Award. He has also been awarded numerous fellowships. Short earned a BS in business administration from Boston University and an MBA and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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

Sunni Bannon has been named director of MBA admissions at the University of Washington Business School. Previously, she served as assistant director of MBA admissions for the University of Washington and worked as an academic counselor for business students at the undergraduate level. Bannon earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Pepperdine University.

Glòria Batllori has been appointed director of ESADE’s MBA programs. She will take up the post in September. Batllori currently serves as associate manager of the ESADE’s full-time MBA program, a position she has held since September 2000.

Meredith Curtin has been promoted to director of executive MBA admissions at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Curtin has been a member of Goizueta's MBA admissions team since 1999, managing a wide variety of successful projects and initiatives and heading the school’s two-year MBA program recruitment effort. Curtin earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree in education from Indiana University and has just completed her coursework and qualifying exams for a doctorate in educational policy studies at Georgia State University.

Erin Ernst has been appointed assistant director of MBA admissions at the University of Washington Business School. Ernst joined the program in 2001 and most recently served as an admissions program coordinator. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked for Western Washington University’s summer orientation program as an academic counselor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Western Washington University.

Richard Kent Green has been appointed the Oliver T. Carr, Jr., Chair of Real Estate and Finance at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. Green taught real estate finance and economics courses for 12 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he was the Chair and Wangard Faculty Scholar of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. He also has served as principal economist and director of financial strategy and policy analysis at Freddie Mac. Most recently, he was visiting professor of real estate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Green is a member of two academic journal editorial boards and a reviewer for several others. His own research on housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, and home ownership issues has been published in a number of journals. The book he coauthored with Stephen Malpezzi, A Primer on U.S. Housing Markets and Housing Policy, was recently published by Urban Institute Press. Green earned an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MS and PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1995, he was named Teacher of the Year by the University of Wisconsin Graduate Business Association. He is a Homer Hoyt Institute Weimer Fellow.

Jaume Hugas has been named director of the executive education programs for ESADE. For the past 10 years, Hugas served as director of ESADE’s MBA programs.

Michael Jay Jedel is joining DePaul University as visiting professor of management and director of outreach and assessment. He will coordinate the overseas graduate business programs, the business distance-learning initiative, and the assessment of learning activities in the College of Commerce, including the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Jedel joins DePaul from the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he served for three years as associate dean/executive director of the MBA and professional development program.

Prior to joining the University of Illinois, Jedel spent more than 30 years at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University, where he was a professor and held such leadership positions as associate dean and chair of the Department of Management. Jedel has a BS from Cornell University, an MBA from New York University, and a PhD in business administration from Harvard University.

Gerald J. Lobo joined the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston as the Arthur Andersen Chair, professor of accounting, and chairman of the department of accountancy and taxation. Prior to joining the Bauer College, he served as the George E. Bennett Professor of Accounting at Syracuse University, where he had served as professor and associate professor. He was assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin and visiting assistant professor at the University of Michigan. Lobo is widely published in refereed journals and received the MBA Outstanding Faculty Award at Syracuse University. He holds a BTech degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MBA from McMaster University, and a PhD from the University of Michigan.

John Luiz was recently awarded a full professorship by Wits Business School in South Africa. This full professorship is based on Luiz’s extensive research in his chosen field of long-run economic growth. Luiz joined the Wits Business School in October 2003, and serves as the academic director. He was previously employed at the School of Economics and Business Sciences. Luiz earned a BCom degree and master’s degree from the University of Witwatersand and a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch.

Julia Min will join the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, in August as the new executive director of the full-time MBA program. For the past eight years, Min has worked at New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she served in a variety of roles, including assistant dean of admissions.

Min joined Stern in 1996 as the assistant director of admissions and has since served as associate director and senior associate director of admissions. She also served as director of student services, overseeing all aspects of student life, including financial aid, advising, student activities, and international programs.

Min holds a BA in the history of religion from the University of Virginia and an MA in international education from New York University.

Jerome A. Raggett, Jr., has been appointed director of corporate relations for the School of Business at the University of Kansas. The newly created corporate relations function is responsible for marketing the school to students and developing corporate partners.

Raggett brings general management, marketing, and sales management expertise gained over eight years in telecommunications with Lucent Technologies and Sprint and 17 years in pharmaceuticals and consumer products with Marion Merrell Dow (now known as Aventis), Sterling Drug (now Sanofi), and SC Johnson. His work in Fortune 500 multinational corporations blends 12 years in the U.S. domestic market with 13 years in international subsidiaries.

Raggett is bilingual in English and Spanish, having lived in Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Mexico. He has recruited marketing and sales positions at universities and served as a student recruiter for his graduate school. He received a BA in psychology from Gonzaga University and an MBA in international management from Thunderbird’s Garvin School of International Management.

Jessica Rubingh has been named director of the Career Management Center at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus School of Business. Rubingh has worked for seven years with Deloitte, recruiting in Europe and in the United States. Her most recent position was with Deloitte Consulting as the European campus recruiting manager. In this role, she led the firm's global MBA recruitment and marketing initiatives in Europe and provided managerial support to the graduate degree recruiting teams throughout the region. Rubingh holds a BA in psychology from Siena College, New York.

Stacey Rudnick has been named director of MBA career services at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Prior to that, she served as senior associate director of the MBA Career Management Center at Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Before entering university administration, Rudnick worked in consulting and brand marketing with Viant and Eastman Kodak. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from Goizueta.

Consuela Sawyers has been appointed associate director of MBA admissions and marketing at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Previously, she worked for Delphi Automotive Systems for two years. Sawyers earned an undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. In the Vanderbilt MBA program, Sawyers assumed several leadership roles, won the 2003 National Black MBA Case Competition with two classmates, and earned Beta Gamma Sigma honors for superior academic performance.

Doris Sohmen has been named director of the MBA Program at INSEAD. She formerly served as the director of the MBA Program for INSEAD’s Singapore campus. Sohmen has spent most of her post-MBA career in media, both as a consultant for Price Waterhouse and as the international director for new media at Time, Inc. She has also served on Princeton University’s board of trustees, started a charter school in Boston, and taught both in the United States and in Singapore. Sohmen is a graduate of Princeton University and received her MBA from Harvard Business School.

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