People and Places: May 10, 2022

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022
By AACSB Staff
Niagara University receives a naming gift for its school of business, and Bentley University begins accepting cryptocurrency tuition payments.


Dan Amiram has been elected the next dean of the Coller School of Management at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He begins his new role in July. Amiram is the vice dean and a professor in the Coller School, incumbent of the Joseph Safra Chair of Capital Markets and Financial Institutions, director of the Henry Crown Institute of Business Research in Israel, and head of the fintech track in the MBA program. He also is chair of the United Nations Internal Controls Advisory Committee. Amiram joined the Coller School in 2017, having previously served as Philip H. Geier Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School in New York. He replaces Moshe Zviran, who will continue to serve as chief entrepreneurship and innovation officer of the university, as well as head of program and academic director of the university’s new City Leadership program at the Bloomberg-Sagol Center.

Jess Boronico has been tapped as the next dean for the School of Business at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. He previously has held leadership positions at a variety of schools, including the New York Institute of Technology; the University of New Haven; William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey; and Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He has had extensive experience guiding the accreditation process of universities in the U.S., China, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. He will start his new role in June 2022.

Jennifer Percival has been selected as the next dean of the Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In her current position as associate dean in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Percival has led initiatives designed to support first-generation students, increase engagement with student organizations in the college, and encourage undergraduate research. Her work has resulted in significant increases in undergraduate and graduate recruitment and retention. She will join the Schmidthorst College in June 2022.

Effective immediately, MaryAnne Hyland is the new dean of the Adelphi University Robert B. Willumstad School of Business in Garden City, New York. A part of the Adelphi community for more than 22 years, Hyland has been serving as interim dean since March 2021. As interim dean, she established a summer faculty development initiative focused on enhancing the curriculum with technology, and she created the James F. Bender Endowed Clinical Professorship using an existing endowment. Additionally, she developed the student exchange component of Adelphi’s Trans-Atlantic Virtual Exchange and Collaboration project with Hochschule Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany. Previously, she oversaw the Willumstad Winning Edge co-curricular initiative and the Willumstad Leadership Scholars Program, both of which provide career-readiness opportunities for undergraduates.

In August, Michael Mikhail (far left) will return to the faculty of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has served as dean of the school for 10 years. During that time, he has overseen the expansion of the college, the establishment of the Mikhail Professorship through a significant gift of his own, and the creation of the Stuart Handler Department of Real Estate. Under his direction, the college also experienced significant growth in student enrollment and faculty hiring. In his place, Sandy Wayne will serve as interim dean for one year. Wayne, who has been a member of the business faculty since 1987, currently is associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Business and co-director of the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development.

New Programs

Rowan University’s School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Glassboro, New Jersey, is launching a new MBA concentration and a certificate of graduate study focused on cannabis commercialization. The School of Innovation & Entrepreneurship opened in 2022 as part of the Rohrer College of Business. Students in the customizable program can select concentrations or elective coursework from a dozen specialty areas. Among the electives are those focusing on cannabis regulation, marijuana legalization, cannabis research, chemical analysis of cannabinoids, community justice, and social entrepreneurship. Potential career pathways in the cannabis industry include roles in accounting and taxation; finance and banking; data analysis; marketing and branding; supply chain; human resources; and cultivation, production, and retail.


Elon University’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business in North Carolina has partnered with NEOMA Business School in Rouen, France, on a dual master’s degree program. In one year, participating students can earn both an MS in Business Analytics from Elon and an MSc in Business Analytics from NEOMA Business School. Students will take classes on both campuses, where programs will be delivered in English. NEOMA is also one of the schools Elon partners with for its undergraduate International Business Dual Degree program, in which Elon students spend two years in North Carolina and two years at a European school. In addition to NEOMA, the partner schools include ESB Business School at Reutlingen University in Germany; Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy; and Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain.

Grants and Donations

The Center for Sustainable Enterprise at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill has received an estate gift valued at 11 million USD from the late real estate developer Charles S. Ackerman. In his honor, it will be renamed the Ackerman Center for Excellence in Sustainability. The center provides education, research, and outreach to accelerate progress in social and environmental sustainability. Ackerman’s gift will help fund the center’s space in the new Kenan-Flagler building, which is scheduled for groundbreaking in September. The gift also will support MBA fellowships, expanded offerings in the undergraduate business program, and the research efforts of PhD students.

Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas, has received one of the largest gifts in school history from William S. Spears, founder and CEO of energy conservation company Cenergistic. The commitment, for an undisclosed amount, will establish the William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which will encourage business creation, leadership development, and economic growth in the Dallas area. At the heart of the Spears Institute will be the Spears Accelerator, which will offer a range of support services and funding opportunities for the creation and development of new businesses and services. The institute will also provide leadership programming, scholarships, and internships to students at the Cox School.

Niagara University in New York has announced that Jeff and Mary Helen Holzschuh have pledged a gift of 10 million USD to the university, where they are both alumni. In recognition of the gift, the university will rename the business school the Holzschuh College of Business Administration. A major portion of their gift will support the university’s Trustee Scholarship Program for students in the business and nursing programs at Niagara, with preference given to Pell-eligible students from middle-class backgrounds. Jeff Holzschuh is a managing director and chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Group. With this gift, the Holzschuhes have become the largest benefactors in the history of the university.

Roger Williams University’s Gabelli School of Business in Providence, Rhode Island, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Business and International Education Program. The grant will support the launch of a study abroad experiential learning program in Athens, Greece, in 2023 and 2024, in which MBA students will work as crisis management consultants to Greek business owners. The program will be run in partnership with the Alba Graduate Business School at Athens College, where the participating students will also attend lectures on crisis management led by Athens College faculty.

The Center for the Business of Life Sciences at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington has received a 1 million USD gift from alumnus Jeff Albers and his wife, Alison. Albers is executive chairman and former CEO of Blueprint Medicines, a precision therapy company. The Albers Family Life Sciences Endowment will support programs within the center, giving preference to programs tied to biotechnology and pharma, medical devices, and health care ecosystems. The center offers a certificate program for students pursuing careers in life sciences and enables both undergraduate and graduate students to learn through experience by providing consulting services to tech-transfer companies.

Centers and Facilities

The University of South Florida Muma College of Business recently celebrated the grand opening of its Bellini Center for Talent Development, which was made possible by a 10.6 million USD gift from philanthropists and alumni Arnold and Lauren Bellini. The center will bring students together with business leaders from the Tampa Bay area for a credentialing program that creates a talent pipeline for employers and improves job placement for students. The Bellini Center for Talent Development assists students with career development, job placement, advising, internships, and experiential learning opportunities. The 9,000-square-foot building includes a main conference room, a smaller seminar room, interview rooms, small-team rooms, and student workspaces.

In April, the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany opened its new Frankfurt Competence Centre for German and Global Regulation (FCCR). The scientific competence center uses an interdisciplinary approach to conduct research on government regulation and its macroeconomic costs and benefits. As its opening event, Stefan Simon, chief administrative officer of Deutsche Bank, spoke on the topic of “Economy under the grip of regulation.” The directors of the FCCR are Roland Koch, professor of management practice in regulated environments, and Julia Redenius-Hövermann, professor of civil law and corporate law. Both directors research and teach at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Other News

Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, has partnered with the crypto exchange Coinbase to enable students to pay tuition through three cryptocurrencies—Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the stablecoin USD Coin. Bentley also is planning to accept gifts and donations in all three cryptocurrencies. University president E. LaBrent Chrite says, “We’re proud to embrace this technology that our students are learning about, which will soon transform the global business landscape they’re about to enter.” The school is making other forays into new digital technologies. Last fall, student Alex Kim launched the Bentley Blockchain association, which now has more than 250 members. This fall, the school will offer a new crypto finance course based on blockchain applications and decentralized finance.

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