Seminar for New Associate Deans

November 3–4, 2018 | Phoenix, Arizona, USA


Cathy DuBoisCathy DuBois, Kent State University

Dr. Cathy DuBois is associate dean for graduate and online programs at the Kent State University, College of Business Administration in Kent, Ohio; she previously served as associate dean for administration. Prior to joining the dean’s office, Cathy served as professor of management and information systems, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in human resource management and organizational behavior. Her research has addressed the role of the Human Resource function in organizational sustainability initiatives, a variety of gender issues in HRM, among other topics. Cathy holds a PhD in industrial relations and human resource management from the University of Minnesota. She continues to publish her research in top journals and book chapters, and presents at national and international conferences. She currently sits on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Management Inquiry. Through her leadership, the College of Business Administration has become an advanced signatory to PRME and an associate member of GRLI. She leads the Responsible Leadership Initiative in her college, an initiative to embed the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals into research, teaching and practice. DuBois served as an AASHE STARS Technical Advisor from 2011-2014 and presented at AASHE conferences. Cathy is a past chair of the AACSB Associate Deans Affinity Group (ADAG) board; a past member of the Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) Affinity Group board; she is currently chair of the Responsible Management Education (RME) Affinity Group. Cathy has presented at ADAG pre-conference sessions, Associate Deans Conferences, and at the International Conference and Meeting; she has also led an RME Learning Journey. She co-facilitates AACSB’s Seminar for New Associate Deans. 

Michael WilliamsMichael L. Williams, Pepperdine University

Michael L. Williams serves as associate dean at the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine University, and has been in that role since 2010. In this role, he has been responsible for administrative leadership of nearly 500 graduate students in seven graduate programs including the Full-time MBA, and residential MS programs. During his tenure, the full-time MBA program rankings have improved significantly, being cited as one of the "biggest winners" by Poets & Quants in 2014. Enrollment in full-time programs have more than doubled since 2010. His responsibilities include recruitment, curriculum innovation, career resources, and student support. In addition to his program responsibilities, he leads the Graziadio School's Alumni Relations, and Global Programs offices to support more than 30,000 alumni around the world, as well as 38 global partner school relationships with ongoing faculty, and student exchanges, and dual-degree programs. During his time as associate dean, he has also led the school's Technology Services function, and spearheaded the Dean's Executive Leadership Series since 2014.  He currently serves as a member of the Associate Deans Affinity Group Steering Committee at AACSB. Dr. Williams earned a master's and PhD in information systems from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. His research focuses on decision-making and information technology. His research has been published in leading empirical and applied journals including European Journal of Operations Research, and MIS Quarterly Executive. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Williams was an IT consultant in the Washington, D.C. area. As a consultant, he created technology and business process solutions for a wide variety of clients such as the US Army, American Bar Association, and Aspen Publishers.