People and Places: August 9, 2022

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022
By AACSB Staff
Esade appoints a new director general, and the Wharton School offers a new online certificate program about the metaverse.


Xavier Mendoza has been appointed director general of Esade in Barcelona, Spain. Mendoza, who takes up his post September 1, is currently associate professor in the department of strategy and general management at the institution. He has been academic director of the 2030 Leaders Program for the Misk Foundation in Saudi Arabia since March 2021. Past roles include deputy director general of Esade and dean of the Esade Business School. He also has served as a member of the board of directors of AACSB. Mendoza follows Koldo Echebarria, who just completed his four-year term as director general.

Roberta (Robin) S. Russell has become the interim dean of the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. Russell joined the Virginia Tech faculty as an assistant professor in 1983, became an associate professor in 1988, and was promoted to professor in 1993. In 2017, she was named head of the department of business information technology. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of operations and supply chain management; service operations; and security, privacy, and trust. Russell has assumed the leadership role following the retirement of Robert Sumichrast, who announced last year that he was stepping down.

In July, Sri Beldona began his new role as dean of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University. Beldona previously was a professor of management at the University of Dallas, where he also had served as associate dean for international initiatives and associate dean of academic affairs. In the latter role, Beldona introduced multiple STEM-designated programs, stackable degrees, and microcredentials. Before beginning his career in higher education, Beldona worked in the private sector as a vice president of strategic planning at a brand marketing firm. He will take over as dean from professor Russell Evans, who has served in an interim role since July 1, 2021.

On August 1, Lisa Owens-Jackson became interim dean of the Willie A. Deese College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University in East Greensboro. Owens-Jackson joined the school’s business faculty nearly 20 years ago, and she has served as chair of the department of accounting and economics since 2019. During her career, she has received the KPMG Outstanding Professor in Accounting Award, served on the KPMG National Faculty Symposium and the Deloitte Trueblood Faculty Seminar, and received recognition from the American Accounting Association for her research on diversity in the profession. She replaces Kevin L. James, who had held the deanship since 2017.

Craig Caldwell has been named dean of Butler University’s Lacy School of Business in Indianapolis. He has served as interim dean since July 1, 2021. Since joining Butler in 1999, Caldwell has been an adjunct faculty member, lecturer, visiting professor, assistant professor, and associate professor of marketing and management. He also served as chair of the marketing and management department for three years. In his new role, he will focus on program development, external relationships, diversity and inclusion, and faculty recruitment and retention.

Andrew Tiger has been appointed dean of the Norris-Vincent College of Business at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. A faculty member at the school since 2018, Tiger has served as interim dean since February 2021. He was previously an associate professor and the department chair for the department of management and marketing, and he has taught all levels of management courses at the school. Tiger serves on numerous campus committees at Norris-Vincent College, including those dedicated to strategic planning, the curriculum, and assessment, and he has led the school through the final stages of AACSB accreditation.

The Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany has reappointed Nils Stieglitz as president for another five years. His second term will begin in April 2023. Under his direction, the Frankfurt School has launched several new degree programs and elective modules, including a bachelor’s degree in computational business analytics, a master’s degree in applied data science, and a master’s degree in data analytics and management. The school also has set up three new research centers in corporate governance, performance management, and German and global regulation.

New Programs

The Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has launched a new online certificate program called Business in the Metaverse Economy. The six-week program was developed in collaboration with Prysm Group, an economic consulting firm specializing in emerging technologies. Program highlights include six industry case studies and more than 50 program lecture videos featuring Wharton faculty and industry experts. Program participants also will benefit from immersion activities that use metaverse technology for an interactive learning experience.

Kedge Business School in France and Jagdish Sheth School of Management at Vijaybhoomi University in Greater Mumbai, India, have launched a joint four-year International Bachelor in Business Administration program. During the program, which begins in October, students will spend two years in India and two years in France, and they will earn degrees from both institutions. Students potentially can complete internships in two countries and be exposed to approximately nine months of work experience.

The University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in British Columbia, Canada, is working with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) to co-create a custom MBA in Indigenous Reconciliation. The program was unveiled as part of an 8.4 million CAN (approximately 6.5 million USD) funding announcement by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, which is developing an action framework to integrate reconciliation into community social services. The MBA program will also draw on funding from BCAAFC and Indspire, an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Students in the program will be selected by BCAAFC and the provincial government and will be drawn from the nonprofit, social service, and government sectors. Cohorts will be designed to include Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants. The new program is expected to launch in spring 2023.

Other News

The Erivan K. Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia has combined three customer-focused disciplines to create a department of food, pharma, and healthcare. The new department offers undergraduate programs in areas such as food marketing, as well as MBA programs in food marketing and pharmaceutical and healthcare marketing. The program also features graduate degrees in the fields of health administration and health informatics, and graduate certificates in food marketing and health informatics. The goal of the new department is to produce graduates who understand how to meet the multifaceted needs of today’s consumer.

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