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May 2013

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  • G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam has been appointed dean of Imperial College Business School, effective in August. Currently dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, Anandalingam earned his BA and MA from Cambridge University and his MS and PhD from Harvard University. 

  • Urton Anderson has been named director of the Von Allmen School of Accountancy, part of the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, effective in July. An accounting professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, Anderson earned his BA at St. Olaf College and his MA and PhD at the University of Minnesota.

  • Devin Bigoness has been named executive director for executive education at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Most recently project director at Duke Corporate Education, Bigoness earned his BA in communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  • Bruce A. Bowman has been named dean of the School of Business at LeTourneau University. Currently dean of the division of science, technology & business at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College, Bowman earned a BS from Indiana University, an MS in operations research from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology and a doctorate in civil engineering from Columbia University.

  • Nancy Cassill has been appointed as director of the global luxury management option in the Jenkins Master of Global Innovation Management program in the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. Cassill, a professor in the department of textiles and apparel technology and management, received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, her master’s from Indiana University, and her doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


  • Cindy Claycomb has been named interim dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. A professor at the school, Claycomb earned her undergraduate and  degrees at Wichita State and her doctoral degree in marketing at Oklahoma State University.


  • Don Cyr has been tapped for a five-year term as dean of the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Cyr, a faculty member at the school who had been serving as interim dean, holds a BSc in geology from Concordia University, an MBA from the University of Saskatchewan, and an MA in economics and a PhD in finance from the University of Alberta.


  • Deanne Horner D'Emilio has been named to lead the School of Management at Carlow University. Formerly an associate academic dean and professor of legal studies at Mt. Aloysius College, D'Emilio earned her BA in education from Westminster College, her MA in higher education and student affairs from Bowling Green State University and her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

  • Jim Dewald has been named dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. A member of the faculty at the university who had been serving as interim dean, Dewald earned his BSc in English and MBA in organizational theory from the University of Alberta and his PhD in strategy and global management from the University of Calgary.

  • Robert M. Harper has been named dean of the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno. A professor of accounting at the school, where he has also served as interim dean, Harper holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting, all from Florida State University.

  • Jenn Hartley has joined the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University as assistant director of alumni relations. Formerly associate director of MBA student affairs at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis, Hartley earned a BS in business from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from St. Louis University.

  • Amy Hietapelto has been named dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth, effective in July.  Joining the university from a position as dean of the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University, Hietapelto earned her BS and MBA at Michigan State University and her PhD at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

  • Mark Huber has been named director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. A senior lecturer in UGA’s department of Management Information Systems who had been serving as interim director of the institute since last July, Huber holds a bachelor’s degree from North Georgia College, a master’s in management and supervision from Central Michigan University, and a PhD in MIS from UGA.

  • M. Eric Johnson is the new dean of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. A former associate professor at Vanderbilt and most recently associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Johnson earned his BS and MS at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD at Stanford University.

  • Robert (Bob) Kennedy has been appointed dean of the Ivey Business School at Western University, effective in October. Kennedy will join Ivey from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, where among other roles he has served as executive director of the William Davidson Institute and as the Tom Lantos Professor of Business Administration. He earned BAs in economics and political science at Stanford University, his MSM (MBA) from MIT, and his PhD in business economics at Harvard University.

  • Idalene "Idie" Kesner has been tapped as dean of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, pending approval by the IU Board of Trustees. Kesner, who had been associate dean of faculty and research and the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management at the school, had been serving as interim dean. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University and both her MBA and PhD in business administration from IU.

  • Cheryl A. McConnell has been promoted from interim dean to dean of the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University. McConnell earned her BBA in accounting and her MPA from Wichita State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Gerry McKean has been named interim dean of Illinois State University’s College of Business, effective July 1. The chair of Illinois State’s Department of Accounting, McKean earned his BS, MS, and PhD at Illinois State.

  • Kristie Ogilvie has been tapped to become dean of the School of Business at Emporia State University. Joining Emporia State from a position as associate dean of academics in the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University at San Bernardino, Ogilvie earned a bachelor’s degree with a marketing concentration from California State University at Sacramento, an MBA from University of Tulsa and an advanced research certificate and doctorate of business administration from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

  • Peter Pauly will serve as the interim dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management starting in July.  Currently vice dean at the school, Pauly earned his BA and PhD at the University of Hamburg.

  • Balaji Rajagopalan has been chosen to lead the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, beginning July 1. Rajagopalan comes to Penn State Behrend from Galgotias University in Greater Noida, India, where he served as pro vice chancellor and dean. He is also a professor of management information systems at Oakland University in Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Andhra University in India and a master’s degree and doctorate in management information systems from the University of Memphis.

  • Irene Scruton has joined SUNY Oswego’s School of Business as director of the college’s master’s of business administration programs. A former banking executive, Scruton earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY University at Buffalo and her MBA from Syracuse University.

  • David Spalding has been appointed the next Raisbeck Endowed Dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University, staring in August. Currently senior vice president and senior adviser to Dartmouth College's interim president, Spalding earned a bachelor's degree in history from Dartmouth and an MBA in finance from New York University.

  • Rama Yelkur has been named dean of the College of Business and Management at Saginaw Valley State University. Yelkur, who most recently served on the faculty and directed international business programs at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, holds a bachelor’s degree from Madras University, an MBA from PSG College of Technology, and a DBA from Mississippi State University.

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