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April 2013

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  • Haiyang Chen has been appointed as dean of Marshall University’s College of Business. A professor and founding managing director with The Global Financial Services Institute in the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University, Chen earned his master’s degree in economics and his PhD in in finance from Kent State University. 

  • Meena Dorr has joined the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School as director of career and professional development for the school’s executive MBA programs. Previously vice president of corporate relations for 2U, Inc., Dorr earned a BS in accounting from North Central College and her MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.   

  • David Frasier has been named associate dean of MBA programs at the University of Iowa’s Tippie School of Management, effective in June. Frasier, who is currently assistant dean and administrative director of the full-time MBA, MS, and PhD programs at the University at Buffalo School of Management, earned his BA from Houghton College and his MBA from Boston University.

  • Donald E. Gibson has been named dean of Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Gibson, a faculty member at the school who had been serving as interim dean, earned his BS from the University of California, Riverside, an MA in communications at San Francisco State University, and his MBA and PhD from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • Natalie Gochnour has been named associate dean at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Most recently executive vice president for policy and communications and chief economist at the Salt Lake Chamber, Gochnour earned her BS and MS at the University of Utah.

  • Kerry Healey has been selected as president of Babson College, effective July 1, 2013. The former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, Healey holds an AB in Government from Harvard College and a PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin.

  • Tom Hyclak has been named interim dean of the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University. A professor of economics at Lehigh, Hyclak earned his BA and MA at Cleveland State University and his PhD at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Amber Ivins joined the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University as director of marketing and business development in Rice Executive Education. Formerly assistant director in the executive education department at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Ivins earned a B.S. in economics and French and European studies from Duke University and her MBA from the Fuqua School.  

  • Eric Jack has been named dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business. Jack, who had been serving as interim dean and was previously associate dean for faculty development and research at the school, earned his BS at Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, his MBA at Wright State University, and his PhD at the University of Cincinnati.

  • Scott D. Johnson has been selected as dean for the University of Michigan-Flint School of Management, effective July 1, 2013. Currently dean and professor of marketing at Illinois State University, Johnson earned his BA and MBA from the University of Minnesota and his PhD at Michigan State University.

  • Kenneth A. Kavajecz has been named dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He will succeed Melvin T. Stith, who earlier announced plans to step down at the conclusion of the spring 2013 semester. Currently the chairman of the finance department and professor of finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kavajecz holds a BS in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his MS and PhD, both in finance, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

  • Dean B. McFarlin has been named dean of the Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University, effective July 1. Currently chair of the management and marketing department at the University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration, McFarlin holds a BA in psychology from Marquette University and earned his PhD in social/organizational psychology at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

  • Brenda Ponsford has been named dean of the School of Business at Henderson State University, effective in July. Currently the chair of marketing and MBA director at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Ponsford earned her BS, master of business, and PhD from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She also holds a juris doctorate from Concord University School of Law.

  • Frank Rudisill has been named dean of the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate. A faculty member at the school, Rudisill earned his BA in mathematics from Appalachian State University and his MS in mathematical science and PhD. in management science from Clemson University.

  • Wm. Gerard (Gerry) Sanders has been named dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business, starting July 1. Currently professor of strategic management at Rice University, Sanders earned his BS in business administration at Brigham Young University and his PhD in strategic management at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Dominique Turpin’s term as president of IMD has been renewed until December 2016. Named interim president in July 2010 and then tapped as president in March, 2011, Turpin earned his master’s degree from ESSCA and his doctorate in economics from Sophia University in Tokyo.

  • David J. Urban has been named dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, effective July 1. Currently executive associate dean and a marketing professor at the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University, Urban earned his BS at the University of Virginian, and his MA and PhD degrees at the University of Michigan.

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