J. Howard Finch, Samford University, Brock School of Business
Howard Finch has enjoyed a successful career in higher education, including a broad range of experience as both a faculty member and administrator. In July 2019, he concluded an eight-year term as Dean of the Brock School of Business and began a new role as Senior Associate Provost at Samford University. During his time as dean, the business school achieved record enrollment growth, built a $30 million new building, and had its AACSB accreditation extended through a successful Continuous Review visit. Prior to joining Samford in 2011, he served as Acting dean, associate dean, and department chair at the Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he also held an endowed faculty chair in finance from 2000-2011. He was a faculty member at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1991-1999. He holds a BBA from the University of North Georgia, an MBA from Mercer University and a PhD in finance at the University of Alabama.
Howard has served on and chaired numerous Peer Review teams for AACSB International on visits to business schools across the nation. He is a former board member of the Southern Business Administration Association, which includes deans of business schools from the southeastern and southwestern United States.
Lynne D. Richardson, University of Mary Washington
Lynne Richardson is dean of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington, a position she has held since July, 2011, except for 17 months as VP for Administration and Finance in 2017-18. Previously, she served as dean of the Colleges of Business at Mississippi State University and Ball State University. She began her career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as a marketing professor. Lynne holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Alabama. Active in her communities, Lynne is a three-time Rotarian, has served on United Way Boards in two communities, and has been a leader in United Way campaigns in two communities. She also served as president of the Birmingham American Marketing Association and was a Girl Scout leader in three councils. Lynne has been a board member for both a hospital and a publicly traded bank. In 2003 she founded and continues to facilitate AACSB’s Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar. She has served two nonconsecutive three-year terms as a member of the AACSB International Board of Directors and served on the Beta Gamma Sigma Board of Governors. She has served AACSB as chair of the Small Schools Network and Women Administrators in Management Education affinity groups. Lynne has served on 25+ peer review teams for AACSB and has currently mentors two institutions seeking AACSB initial accreditation. In 2018, under her leadership, the University of Mary Washington’s College of Business received initial AACSB accreditation. In recent years she has been leading strategic planning sessions for business schools, helping schools in the early stages of accreditation figure out their paths, and coaching university administrators. Lynne has been married to Woody, a strategy professor, for 30 years; they have three children who have each graduated from college in the past three years! Their majors were linguistics, marketing and accounting. Four of the five Richardson family are Beta Gamma Sigma members; the fifth is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.