People and Places: July 12, 2022

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022
By AACSB Staff
Case Western Reserve selects a pair of interim co-deans, and Indiana University opens a research center dedicated to gender equity in the workplace.


Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has named two interim co-deans of the Weatherhead School of Management. J.B. Silvers (left) is the associate dean of finance and a professor of banking and finance at the Weatherhead School. Since he joined Case Western in 1979, he has held leadership roles in academic affairs, resource management and planning, and the department of banking and finance; he also served as interim dean in 2012. Andrew Medvedev (right) is a managing director of Morgan Stanley and a member of the investment committee of Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners. An alum of the school, Medvedev chairs its visiting committee and sits on the university’s board of trustees. Silvers and Medvedev begin their three-year terms September 1, when Manoj Malhotra completes his five-year appointment as dean. During Malhotra’s tenure, he expanded the school’s undergraduate enrollment, launched an online MBA focused on healthcare, and achieved ambitious fundraising goals. (Photos by Roger Mastroianni)

After serving as interim dean for the past year, Tony Pittarese has been named dean of East Tennessee State University’s College of Business and Technology in Johnson City. Pittarese joined the university in 2007 as an assistant professor and went on to hold leadership roles such as senior associate dean and chair of the department of computing. He helped establish a partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee to launch the BlueSky Tennessee Institute, an accelerated degree program that allows students to earn bachelor’s degrees in computing and secure job offers from BlueCross in just over two years. Pittarese also developed partnerships with Eastman Chemical Company, IBM, and other external organizations. Before moving to East Tennessee State, Pittarese held the chair’s position for the department of computer science at Pensacola Christian College in Florida, where he served as a faculty member for 15 years.

Darren Dahl has been appointed the new dean of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He currently is the Innovate BC Professor in the marketing and behavioral science division and is affiliated with the entrepreneurship and innovation group. After teaching for several years at the University of Manitoba, he joined the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at UBC in 2002. He also has held a number of visiting professorships at universities in the U.S., Australia, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. At UBC, he has served in a number of leadership roles, including senior associate dean of faculty and research, senior associate dean and director of the Robert H. Lee Graduate School, and senior associate dean of special projects (COVID response). His five-year term as dean begins August 1.

The University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business has announced a number of leadership changes occurring as dean Moez Limayem departs Muma to become president of the University of North Florida. On USF’s Sarasota-Manatee campus, Joni Jones (left) will became campus dean, taking over from Jean Kabongo (right), who will move to the Tampa campus to become associate dean for academic affairs and accreditation and chief diversity officer. Jones, currently an associate professor in the School of Information Systems and Management, has been with USF for nearly 20 years. Since 2019, she has served as the academic director for the master’s in business analytics and information systems.

Cihan Cobanoglu has been made permanent dean of USF’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, where he recently acted as interim dean; he will continue to serve as director for the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology & Innovation. Under his leadership, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management forged key partnerships with hospitality companies to provide students with hands-on field training. These companies included food-service provider Aramark, tourism company Mainsail Lodging and Development, and hotel brand McKibbon Hospitality.

On the University of South Florida’s St. Petersburg campus, Gary Patterson has been appointed dean of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, as well as college dean of the St. Petersburg campus. Patterson, a professor of finance, has been at the university since 2000 and has served three times as interim dean. Before arriving at USF, he held faculty positions at the State University of New York at New Paltz and the University of Baltimore. He officially began his new job on July 1.

Todd Mooradian has been named dean of the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mooradian spent 27 years as a professor at William & Mary before becoming dean of the University of Louisville’s College of Business in 2017. At Louisville, he led the launch of a master’s program in business analytics, an online MBA, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, as well as the development of stackable nondegree credentials. During his previous stint at William & Mary, Mooradian served for three years as the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs and worked on the launch of an online MBA and a master’s degree in business analytics. Mooradian will start his new role as dean on August 15. He is replacing Lawrence B. Pulley, who is retiring after 24 years as dean.

On July 5, Bryan Ashenbaum began his new role as dean of the College of Business at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He most recently was the associate dean for curriculum and graduate programs at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While at the Farmer School, he also served as chair of the department of management and director of the Miami Professional Institute for Management Education program. Prior to his academic career, Ashenbaum held various positions with Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, NIBCO, and Perrier.

Katherina Pattit has become the new dean of the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Pattit most recently was a professor and department chair in the ethics and business law department at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. While at St. Thomas, Pattit participated in the launch of a departmental advisory board with leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. She also worked with Opus College of Business leadership to obtain a 900,000 USD grant to develop a business ethics resource website for small and medium-sized businesses. She began her new role at St. Cloud on July 1.

Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, has selected Catherine McCabe as dean of the Jack Welch College of Business and Technology. Most recently, she had been associate dean of the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, which she joined in 2000. In that role, she increased retention of first-year students and boosted the six-year graduation rate. As chair of Suffolk’s marketing department, she increased the number of students majoring in marketing as well as the number of students placed in internships. She began her new role at Sacred Heart on July 1.

New Programs

This fall, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, is adding three new sports-related programs to its academic offerings. The bachelor’s degree in sport management covers sports marketing, ethics, psychology, law, and economics. The master’s degree in sport administration is a flexible online program that explores emerging industry trends, contemporary communication skills, and the new technologies used in sport administration. Coursework is complemented by internships, travel abroad opportunities, and industry events. The master’s degree in sport product development, also an online program, emphasizes product and market strategy in competitive team sports, extreme sports, fitness, individual sports, indoor games, and outdoor recreation sports. Coursework focuses on consumer insights that drive global markets as well as the process of creating sport products.

The Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma in Norman has launched two online master’s degree programs that can be completed in as little as 16 months. In the supply chain management program, courses cover problem solving, strategic thinking, ethics, and sustainability, as well as core business disciplines. In the analytics program, courses focus on the application of statistical modeling, data warehousing and mining, programming, forecasting, and operations research techniques to analyze business performance.

Starting this fall, the University of Tampa in Florida will begin offering nine new graduate certificate programs in in business, accounting, analytics, instructional design, and health science disciplines. The school already offers graduate certificates in cybersecurity and nonprofit management. Each of the new certificates can be earned in three to four courses and can be stacked with other courses to allow students to earn master’s degrees.

New Centers and Facilities

The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington is partnering with the university’s Kinsey Institute to form the Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business, which will explore issues of gender inequity, sexual misconduct, and sexual harassment in the workplace. The center will prepare students to create safer work environments and instill individual behaviors that advance equality in business operations. For instance, the center will support a required undergraduate course in business ethics that features cases that explore the ethical and legal landscape of sexual harassment, gender bias in hiring and promotion, workplace relationships, and pay inequities. The center will sit within the Kelley School’s new Institute for Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in Business. Pam Meyer Yttri, an IU alumna and active member of IU’s Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council, provided initial financial support for the center.

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