People and Places: July 26, 2022

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022
By AACSB Staff
EHL unveils a new student-designed campus, and Berkeley Haas revamps its undergraduate business program with a 30 million USD gift.


Daniel Petree has been named interim dean of the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Petree most recently was interim dean of Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics in California. Previously, he was the inaugural dean of the School of Business and Economics at the College at Brockport State University in New York; founding dean of the College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida; and interim dean of the Helzburg School of Management at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. He also has held positions at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Labor-Management Council of Greater Kansas City. He replaces Natasha Munshi, who is leaving Bellarmine to set up her own entrepreneurial venture.

On September 1, Michael Behnam will become the dean of the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. He joins Loyola from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, where he served as senior associate dean/dean of graduate programs and academic affairs; he was also a professor of strategy and international business. Under his leadership, diversity at the Sawyer School increased, graduate business student enrollment rose, and the school forged relationships with universities around the world. Behnam has also held positions with the European Business School in Germany, worked in investment banking, and co-founded a specialized consulting firm. Until Behnam joins Loyola, Maciek Nowak will continue to serve as interim dean of the Quinlan School.

Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, has named Charles A. Pierce dean of its School of Business Administration. Pierce comes to Oakland after 18 years at the University of Memphis in Tennessee, where he most recently served as interim dean and professor of management at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics (FCBE). He previously served as associate dean for academic programs and research, chair of the department of management, and coordinator of the management PhD program at FCBE. He also has served as chair of the department of psychology and coordinator of the applied psychology master’s program at Montana State University in Bozeman. He will begin his new role at Oakland on August 1, succeeding Michael Mazzeo, who is retiring from the university after an eight-year term.

Sudesh Mujumdar has been named dean of the Romain College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville. Most recently, Mujumdar served as dean of the College of Business Administration at Savannah State University in Georgia, where he oversaw a successful effort to maintain AACSB accreditation. While there, he also led Savannah State’s inclusion as a partnering institution in Bank of America’s 1 billion USD initiative to expand economic opportunity and social justice. Prior to his deanship at Savannah State, Mujumdar served as chair for the economics and marketing department in the Romain College. In his new role at Romain, he succeeds Cathy Carey, who held the position from July 2019 to October 2021, and Brian McGuire, professor of accounting, who has been interim dean since November 2021.

On August 15, David Marchick will take the helm of the Kogod School of Business at American University in Washington, D.C. Marchick most recently served as chief operating officer at the United States International Development Finance Corporation. He also has directed the Center for Presidential Transition at the Partnership for Public Service and has held leadership roles at the Department of State, the Department of Commerce, and the White House. He previously spent 12 years as managing director at the Carlyle Group, an investment firm. Since 2019, he has served as an adjunct professor at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Deborah Crown has been named the 10th dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School in Malibu, California. Crown comes to Pepperdine from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where she has been dean of the Crummer Graduate School of Business and professor of management since 2016. She also has served as dean of the College of Business and professor of strategic leadership at Hawai‘i Pacific University in Honolulu, associate dean of the Lucas Graduate School of Business and Lucas Endowed Professor of Strategic Leadership at San Jose State University in California, and director of domestic and international graduate programs and O’Bleness Professor of Leadership at the Ohio University College of Business in Athens. At Crummer, Crown takes over from Deryck J. van Rensburg later this fall. David Smith, associate provost for online programs and professor of economics at the Graziadio Business School, will serve as interim dean.

Ananth V. Iyer has been appointed dean of the School of Management at the University at Buffalo in New York. Iyer most recently was the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and head of the management department at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in West Lafayette, Indiana. He also was director of Purdue’s Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises and the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative. From 2012 to 2016, he was director of Purdue NExT, a universitywide program that offers noncredit online courses. Iyer begins his role at the University at Buffalo on August 1, replacing Paul Tesluk, who is returning to his faculty role as Donald S. Carmichael Professor of Organizational Behavior in the department of organizational and human resources.

New Programs

The Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University in University Park has added a one-year Master’s in Accounting Analytics program that will enroll students beginning in the fall of 2023. The 30-credit STEM-designated program is aimed at students with strong quantitative skills who are seeking careers in corporate accounting or business. Smeal also offers one-year master’s degrees in business analytics, accounting, corporate finance, management and organizational leadership, and real estate analysis and development.

Next fall, Columbia Business School will join with Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York City to offer a 20-month dual-degree program in which students earn an MBA and an Executive Master of Science in Engineering and Applied Science. Students will take courses with faculty from both schools, spend a summer pursuing entrepreneurial ventures or interning at technology companies, and complete capstone projects. The curriculum will include courses such as Digital Disruption and Tech Transfer, Business Analytics, and Human-Centered Design and Innovation.


Montclair State University in New Jersey is partnering with Emerge Education, a higher education marketing and recruiting firm, to launch two STEM-designated master’s degrees. The Master of Science in Human Resources Analytics is composed of two stackable certificates, one in human resources management and one in business analytics, and culminates in two capstone courses that include a practicum. The Master of Science in Digital Marketing Analytics combines digital marketing and business analytics fundamentals with opportunities for students to gain real-world skills and experiences. Both programs are offered fully online.

The School of Business at the University of Washington Bothell is bringing its Eastside Leadership Center to the campus of Bellevue College, also in Washington. The collaboration will provide the services and support of both institutions to students in supply chain management and entrepreneurship programs and allow students at Bellevue College to earn a UW Bothell bachelor’s degree. The schools also are planning to offer a joint master’s degree in supply chain management within the next two years.

Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and Maastricht University (UM) in the Netherlands have signed an agreement to integrate MSM into UM’s School of Business and Economics. After the summer, MSM’s educational and research activities will continue as part of UM. For a limited number of years, the MSM Foundation will continue to exist in an adapted form and to award MSM diplomas to current students.

A double-degree MSc in Product Management and UX Design is being launched this fall by SKEMA Business School in Lille, France; POLIMI Graduate School of Management in Milan; and, also in Milan. The full-time one-year program combines a business, tech, and design approach aimed at improving the user experience (UX). Students will acquire expertise in creating and managing digital products, leading teams, communicating with stakeholders, and using product management tools.

New Centers and Facilities

After five years of construction, EHL Hospitality Business School has unveiled its new 80,000-square-meter (262,467-square-foot) campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. The campus was designed with the input of architecture students from around the world who answered EHL’s call for proposals. Twenty students and their professors were invited to Switzerland to meet with EHL students and discuss their expectations. The result is an open campus that promotes interactions between professors and students and is also welcoming to the local community. It features nearly 1,000 student beds, 12 food outlets, a variety of sports facilities, an organic orchard, and a 2,500-square-meter (8,202-square-foot) garden that houses six beehives. The eco-certified architecture is equipped with 44 geothermal probes and a wastewater heat recovery system that will cover 80 percent of the university’s heating needs. The campus also contains solar panels that are expected to fully offset the school’s carbon emissions by 2024.

Grants and Donations

The Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, has received a 30 million USD donation from Warren and Carol Spieker, the largest single gift in the school’s history. The money primarily will be used to support Berkeley Haas as it expands its two-year undergraduate business program to a four-year program. Starting in August 2024, prospective Berkeley students will have the option to apply directly to Haas and enter as freshmen. In recognition of the gift, the four-year program will be known as the Spieker Undergraduate Business Program. The donation also will endow the new Spieker Scholars Program and expand other scholarships; provide support to students from nontraditional backgrounds; allow the school to increase staffing for academic and admissions advising, mental health services, and other student touchpoints; fund new classroom technology and infrastructure; and support co-curricular opportunities.

Carol and Frank Morsani, long-time benefactors to the University of South Florida in Tampa, have pledged another 7 million USD to the university. The gift will endow the Morsani Scholars program, which will offer scholarships to USF students; create an endowed chair in geriatrics; and fund a directorship and professorship focused on ethical leadership in business.

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