Lessons for Aspiring Deans Seminar

May 4-5, 2019 | Providence, Rhode Island, USA


Howard FinchJ. Howard Finch, Samford University, Brock School of Business

Howard Finch has enjoyed a successful career in higher education, including 14 years as a full-time faculty member and the past 13 years in business school administration.  Since July 2011, he serves as dean of the Brock School of Business at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.  Prior to his current position, 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 serves on Peer Review teams for AACSB International on visits to business schools across the nation. He is also a board member of the Southern Business Administration Association, which includes deans of business schools from the southeastern and southwestern United States. 

Lynne RichardsonLynne D. Richardson, University of Mary Washington

Lynne Richardson is the interim vice president of administration and finance at the University of Mary Washington. Prior to that, she was the dean of the College of Business from July 2011 to August 2017. 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 now 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 is a hospital board member and previously served on a bank board. She is the founder of 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 is the co-chair of AACSB’s Small Schools Network Affinity Group and previously served as chair of the Women Administrators in Management Education Affinity Group. Lynne has served on 20+ peer review teams for AACSB.