People and Places: May 24, 2022

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022
By AACSB Staff
Moez Limayem is named president of the University of North Florida; Trinity Business School and IÉSEG School of Management unveil strategic plans.


Rachel Hayes has been named to a two-year term as dean of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Hayes, who is a professor in accounting, began serving as interim dean of the school in 2021. She also has served as the George and Dolores Eccles Presidential Chair and associate dean of faculty and research at the school. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Hayes taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

On June 30, Donna Rapaccioli will step down as dean of Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business in New York City, a position she has held for more than 15 years. She will return to the Gabelli faculty to devote herself to teaching and research. In 2015, Rapaccioli led the unification of Fordham’s undergraduate and graduate business schools into the Gabelli School of Business. She launched the school’s first doctoral programs, including a PhD program and a Doctor of Professional Studies aimed at international executives. The role of interim dean will be taken up by Lerzan Aksoy, associate dean in the Gabelli School of Business.

The University of New Hampshire in Durham has named Lucy Gilson (far left) dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. Gilson comes to the University of New Hampshire from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where she has served as professor and associate dean for faculty and outreach. Gilson will succeed Deborah Merrill-Sands (left), who is retiring on June 30 as dean of the college after serving in the role for more than seven years. Until Gilson begins her term on August 15, the role of interim dean will be held by Vicky Parker, associate dean for graduate education and faculty administration.

On July 1, Ronald Ramirez will become the new dean of the College of Business Administration at California State University San Marcos. Ramirez currently is associate dean of programs at the University of Colorado Denver. He also is the BSBA program director at the school and has served as faculty director of the Professional MBA and Information Systems programs. Ramirez will take over from Ben Cherry, who has served as interim dean since August 2021.

Nancy Albers has been named dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina Aiken. She most recently was dean and a professor of marketing at the College of Business at Louisiana State University Shreveport. Previously, she has served as dean of the School of Business at Pacific Lutheran University, as professor and chair of the marketing department at Berry College, and as a faculty member at the University of North Texas and University of Houston. On July 1, she will assume her new role, taking over from interim dean Sanela Porca, who has held the position for 18 months.

Richard Perlow has been appointed to a five-year term as dean of the School of Business at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He will hold a concurrent position as professor in the school’s department of organizational behavior, human resources management, and management. Since 2002, Perlow has been a faculty member at the Dhillon School of Business at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, where he also served as associate dean. He has held previous teaching positions at the University of Manitoba, Clemson University, and Auburn University. He begins his new role on June 1.

At the end of the 2021–22 academic year, Jean-Philippe Ammeux (far left) will retire as dean of IÉSEG School of Management in Lille, France, a post he has held since 1994. Taking over the position will be Caroline Roussel (left). She previously has held positions as professor of audit and control, head of the finance audit and control department, director of academic development and quality, and academic dean. Since January 2020, she has been vice dean of the school. Roussel’s new role was announced in September 2021, giving the two leaders approximately nine months to work together on the transition. (Photos by Barbara Grossmann)

Lancaster University in the U.K. has appointed Claire Leitch as executive dean of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). She has been interim executive dean since November 2021, when she took the reins from Angus Laing, who moved to a new leadership role within the university. She previously served LUMS as deputy dean and associate dean, and she also led the school’s successful Athena Swan submission, which outlines a school’s efforts to promote gender equality. Before arriving in Lancaster, she held posts at Queen’s University Management School in Belfast and at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

The University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees in Jacksonville has selected Moez Limayem to become the university’s seventh president. Since 2012, Limayem has been the Lynn Pippenger Dean in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida in Tampa. As dean, Limayem has enhanced the college’s profile and helped raise more than 126 million USD. Prior to his time at USF, Limayem served as the associate dean for research and graduate programs at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, where he also was academic director for MBA programs. The president-elect must be confirmed by the Florida Board of Governors, who will convene in late June to vote on the appointment.

New Programs

This fall, the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina will offer an executive MBA program in the Charlotte area. Classes for the 24-month program will be divided about equally between in-person and self-directed online coursework. Students will attend an orientation session in Chapel Hill with students entering the evening EMBA program. Thereafter, they will meet in person in Charlotte on Monday nights; they also will meet on some Friday afternoons to attend working lunch sessions with local business leaders. In addition, they will attend three-day Impact Weekends, where they will participate in company site visits, networking events, and career and leadership activities. The launch of the new program coincides with changes the school has made to weekend and evening EMBA programs for working professionals. There now is a consistent calendar across all three programs, which will allow for broadening connections across programs as well as deepening connections among program cohorts.

Starting September 2023, ESMT Berlin will offer three new 24-month master’s programs. The Master in Global Management prepares students to lead diverse international teams in general management or strategy consulting. Students have opportunities to participate in internships abroad, spend semesters at international business schools, learn foreign languages, manage an investment portfolio, and obtain certificates in finance. In the Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship program, students complete a 14-month development process at the school’s entrepreneurship hub and attend the Sustainable Innovation Bootcamp, the Summer Entrepreneurship Program, the Corporate Entrepreneurship Program, and the NEXT Acceleration Program. In the Master in Analytics and Artificial Intelligence program, students take both business and computer science courses to merge technological insight with commercial application. They also participate in three- to six-month internships and complete analytics consulting projects under the mentorship of corporate partners.


The University College London Global Business School for Health has entered a memorandum of understanding with Metropolitan College of Greece that will enable the two institutions to enhance their efforts to improve global business management for health. As part of the agreement, they will undertake joint research, design and deliver executive education and short courses, and collaborate on degree programs and study abroad experiences.

Grants and Donations

Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, has received a 100 million USD gift from the estate of alum Marvin Mann. While the bulk of the money will go toward student scholarships, 5 million USD will support the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership. The center is an endowed, universitywide unit that promotes student development and enriches teaching and scholarship in the university’s 10 academic schools. It provides resources to students, faculty, staff, and Alabama nonprofits, and it promotes the values of servant leadership, including hospitality, social justice, inclusion, and service to others.

Other News

Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin has unveiled a new strategy in which it commits to the mission of “transforming business for good” and becoming net carbon neutral by 2030. Among its target goals are to become more inclusive by enabling greater access to its programs; to deliver responsible and ethical leadership across all education programs; and to become a role model for ecologically sustainable businesses and business schools. According to Andrew Burke, dean and chair of business studies, transforming business for good is the new frontier of competition. He says, “Businesses that are unable to deliver ethical, humane, and sustainable goods and services simply won’t survive. This strategy is fundamentally about making a positive difference to business and society.”

IÉSEG School of Management in Lille, France, has unveiled a new strategic plan for 2027 titled “Inspire—Connect—Transform.” The school’s five strategic orientations will be to deliver an engaging student learning experience; become an interdisciplinary hub that integrates AI and the humanities; develop an innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem; be an intercultural, diverse, and inclusive community; and reinforce a global approach to sustainability. As an example, to integrate AI and the humanities, the school will develop more interdisciplinary projects across fields such as philosophy, geopolitics, and data sciences. To develop its entrepreneurial ecosystem, the school will double the capacity of its incubator and endow a 1 million euro fund that invests in projects aligned with the school’s vision. The plan is the result of more than a year of co-creation among the school’s stakeholders.

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