Women Administrators in Management Education
Supporting Women Administrators in Business Education
Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, is The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB) and Professor of Management, and is the current Chair of WAME.
In her role, she serves as the chief executive, academic and fiscal officer for VSB. Dr. Russell is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion and has launched numerous programs to enhance the diversity of faculty, staff, and students in VSB along with programs designed for middle and high school girls and diverse students to aspire to education and careers in business.
She was recently honored with the Pat Flynn Distinguished Woman in Business Education Award by AACSB International affinity group, Women Administrators in Management Education. In addition, Dean Russell serves as the chair of WAME and was recently elected to AACSB’s Innovation Committee.
Joy Smith is the Chair of the Department of Business and Economics at Elizabeth City State University and she is the current Vice Chair of WAME.
WAME is a forum to engage with women leaders, aspiring leaders, learn from other leaders, discuss challenges, and realize we are not alone! We as leaders are doing great work. Additionally, it is an incredible support system!
The got your back program has helped me to have a great support system and come out of sessions energized and with new ideas
WAME has always been a very valuable organization to me due to the passion of its members and officers. Where else can you get so many leaders who support and assist each other in a collaborative way? Since the beginning, it was founded on connecting women and enabling them to network and learn from each other to the betterment of everyone.
WAME is my home in AACSB. It’s a community where I get to know women I admire, who challenge and inspire me, who give good advice, ask good questions and are colleagues and friends in the journey. I’ve been involved for more than a decade now and attending the sessions have always energized me and given me new and interesting perspectives and ideas. All with a sense of fun and camaraderie that can’t be beat.
It is great to have a safe space to talk to other Deans to get honest feedback and suggestions and share challenges!
“Having a network of women learning with and from each other and working to increase the number of women in leadership in higher education is empowering. The openness and support of other WAME members as I came into my position as a Dean from a nontraditional background has helped me to increase my effectiveness and the impact I have on our college, faculty and students”
“WAME is a wonderful opportunity to learn from other women leaders and help advance inclusion and equality in business education”