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December 2012

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Mark Clark has been appointed faculty program director of the full-time MBA at the Kogod School of Business at American University. An associate professor at the school, Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English language & literature from Eastern Michigan University, a master’s degree in policy and leadership from Ohio State University, and a PhD in business administration from Arizona State University.

Rachel Croson has been named dean of the College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington. Croson, a UT Dallas economics professor and the director of the UT Dallas Negotiations Center, earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy of science from the University of Pennsylvania and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Will Garrett has been named associate dean for executive education at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Garrett, a former partner at McKinsey & Company, earned his BS in electrical engineering from Northwestern University and his MBA from Kellogg.

John Michael “Mike” Geringer has joined Ohio University’s College of Business as the executive director of the Center for International Business Education and Development and the new O’Bleness professor of international strategy. Previously an author, consultant, and visiting professor, Geringer earned BS degrees at Purdue University and Indiana University Bloomington and his PhD from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Erika James has been named to serve as senior associate dean of Darden Executive Education at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. James, a professor at Darden, earned a master’s degree and her PhD, in organizational psychology, at the University of Michigan.

Kirk Kern has been named interim director of the Dallas-Hamilton Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the College of Business at Bowling Green State University. A faculty member at the school, Kern earned his BS in business and MBA at the University of Findlay.

Collette Niland has joined the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon as assistant dean of undergraduate programs. Formerly assistant dean for undergraduate affairs in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Niland holds a BA and MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana and earned her PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gina O’Connor has been named associate dean for academic affairs at the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A professor at the school, O’Connor earned a BA and MBA at St. Louis University, and an MS in marketing and PhD in marketing and corporate strategy at New York University.

Larry E. Penley has been elected president and chief academic officer of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Previously president of Colorado State University and dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Penley earned his BA in psychology and MA in communication from Wake Forest University and his PhD in management from the University of Georgia.

T. Ravichandran has been named associate dean for research at the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A professor at the school, Ravichandran earned his BE in production engineering at the University of Madras, his PG Diploma in industrial and system engineering from the National Productivity Council in India, and his PhD from Southern Illinois University.

Mike Rielly has been named director of student experience for part-time and executive MBA programs at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. An agent with CAA Sports and a lecturer at the school, Rielly earned his BA in political science at Stanford University and his MS in sports administration at Ohio University. 

Hellmut Schütte has been appointed as the next vice president and dean of the China Europe International Business School, effective in February. Schütte, currently distinguished professor of management and the European Chair for Global Governance and Sino-European Business Relations at CEIBS, studied economics and business administration in Germany and earned his doctorate at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Jeff Sharp has been named associate dean for undergraduate education and director of honor code initiatives at the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University, An associate professor of business law at the university, Sharp holds undergraduate, MBA, and JD degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

Tim Simonds has been named chief marketing and engagement officer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Simonds, who is leaving his current role as general manager in global service marketing and marketing operations for General Electric’s Healthcare IT Division, earned his BS in education and social policy from Northwestern University and his MBA from Kellogg.

Deborah F. Spake has been named dean of Kent State University’s College of Business Administration, effective in January. Currently associate dean and professor of marketing at the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, Spake received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama, and earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Alabama.

John B. Stark has been named associate dean of the School of Business & Public Administration at California State University Bakersfield. An associate professor at the school, Stark holds a BBA from Troy State University, an MBA from California State University-Sacramento, and a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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