People and Places: November 22, 2022

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
By AACSB Staff
The University of Virginia receives a 44 million USD gift; deans at New Mexico, Mississippi State, Purdue, and Baruch are set to move on or retire.


Yiorgos Bakamitsos has been named dean and professor of marketing in the School of Business Administration at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He has served as interim dean since June 2021, and he previously had been an associate dean since 2013. As dean, he will shepherd the school through its five-year AACSB accreditation report. He plans to expand key initiatives that add value to the student experience such as the Centurion Sales Program and the Roland George Investments Program. He also will oversee the expansion of newer programs, such as the Hatter Angels Network, in which students conduct due diligence on real-world startups for potential “angel investors” from outside the university.

Mitzi Montoya, dean of the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, has accepted a position as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Montoya came to the University of New Mexico in July 2020 from Washington State University. Prior to that, she spent four years as the Sara Hart Kimball Dean of the Oregon State University College of Business. She also spent five years at Arizona State University, where she was the dean of the College of Technology & Innovation, vice provost of the Polytechnic Campus, and inaugural vice president and university dean of entrepreneurship and innovation. Montoya will begin her new position at the University of Utah on January 3.

Sharon Oswald has announced she will retire as dean of the College of Business at Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville. Oswald has led the College of Business since 2011, steering the school through an era of growth in academic programs and support for entrepreneurship. Prior to joining MSU, Oswald spent 24 years as a faculty member at the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University, where she held the title of Colonel George Privett Professor of Management and served 12 years as the management department head. Her primary research areas include entrepreneurship and international healthcare management. She serves on an international board of directors for the Academy of Health Care Management headquarters in Prague. She officially steps down as dean on July 1.

David Hummels, the Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean of the Krannert School of Management and Distinguished Professor of Economics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, has announced his intention to step down in July 2023. He has served as dean since 2015. Hummels, who is also a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the school, teaches courses in international economics and has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an associate editor of the Journal of International Economics, and an associate director of the Forum for Research on Empirical International Trade. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. To find his successor, the university’s board of trustees has created a transition steering committee, which also will lead the reimagination and relaunch of the business school.

On December 31, H. Fenwick Huss will retire after eight and a half years as the Willem Kooyker Dean of Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in New York City. Under Huss’ leadership, the school updated the undergraduate curriculum, revised the MBA curriculum, launched an executive doctorate in business, began an MS in Business Analytics, and expanded international collaborations with Chinese and Italian institutions. Additionally, during his tenure, the school announced three endowed chairs, established the Faculty Retention Endowment, created the Global Leadership Initiative, and opened the Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics and the Schwartz Center for Trading and Financial Markets Research. Huss also was instrumental in launching Zicklin’s DEI Task Force and significantly increasing the size of the Zicklin School’s Advisory Council. On January 1, senior associate dean Paquita Davis-Friday will become interim dean.

New Programs

The Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois in Champaign has partnered with the university’s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (DIA) to create an online course designed for student-athletes to navigate the business of name, image, and likeness (NIL) opportunities. Course participants who complete all required modules and assessments will be eligible to earn certificates in NIL. The new course emphasizes brand and strategy development, business innovation and entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. It will operate alongside the DIA’s recently announced Brand Ambassador Program in conjunction with the University of Illinois College of Media and Brand Hub, which pairs individuals and organizations with individual brand ambassadors to help those ambassadors develop their personal brand strategies.

National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School Executive Education has launched a nine-month chief strategy officer program in collaboration with online education platform Emeritus. The course curriculum includes 18 modules that focus on global strategy, growth strategies, and global leadership, as well as electives and real-world case studies. Participants will receive digital certificates of completion from NUS Business School and attend a graduation and networking event in Singapore.

The University of Sussex Business School in the U.K. has created a MSc in International Business and Development. In the new program, international business leaders will learn how to balance financial returns for shareholders with social and environmental concerns associated with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Participants will study the link between the economic behaviors of international business and their impacts on sustainability and development. The program is jointly delivered by the University of Sussex Business School and the School of Global Studies.

NEOMA Business School in France has launched an executive manager program in real estate for rugby players. Created in collaboration with Provale Formation, the training organization of the professional rugby players’ union, the online program is designed to prepare international rugby players to become managers or entrepreneurs once they’ve finished their professional sporting careers. The 12-month program is available in French and English. It is structured around four blocks of skills: managerial communication, commercial performance management, strategy and finance, and team management and leadership. The class also will participate in a seminar on finance organized by Baruch College in New York City. Students will earn certifications in finance from Baruch as well as diplomas from NEOMA.

Grants and Donations

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville has received a 44 million USD gift from David LaCross and his wife, Kathleen. The university will provide 6 million USD in matching funds, bringing the total impact of the gift to 50 million USD. The largest portion of the money, 20.5 million USD, will be used as seed funding for construction of residential housing. In addition, 18 million USD will go to endow and name the dean’s chair, and 6.5 million USD will be used as a bequest toward a future research center or initiative on artificial intelligence. Finally, 5 million USD will be used as a naming gift for the botanical gardens at Darden, now under construction. David LaCross, an alum, is the founder of Risk Management Technologies.

Centers and Facilities

POLIMI Graduate School of Management in Milan has opened its new Navigli campus in the heart of Milan’s creative and cultural center. Built in partnership with Microsoft and IBM, the Navigli campus offers spaces that combine physical and virtual learning. POLIMI, a B-Corp certified business school, built the new campus to be as green as possible, ensuring that students are aware of elements that support both well-being and sustainability. The new campus is part of the school’s new strategic changes, as well as its efforts toward rebranding.

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