People and Places: December 6, 2022

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022
By AACSB Staff
Wharton launches a major aimed at diversity, equity, and inclusion; Harvard Business Review celebrates a centennial.


Stephen Mansfield has been appointed the new dean of the College of Business at Dallas Baptist University in Texas. He also will serve as a senior advisor to the president for strategic initiatives. From 2006 to 2019, Mansfield was president and CEO of Methodist Health System in Dallas, which tripled in size under his leadership. During his tenure, the 2 billion USD nonprofit was listed as one of America’s fastest-growing healthcare companies, named a Best Place to Work by the Dallas Business Journal, and recognized for its performance excellence and its success with diversity and inclusion. Before joining Methodist, Mansfield served for seven years as president and CEO of St. Vincent Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas, and for 23 years in various executive roles with Baptist Memorial Health System in Memphis, Tennessee.

Earlier this year, Tará Lopez was named dean of the College of Business at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Lopez, a marketing professor who has been a member of the university faculty for 15 years, had served as interim dean of the college since August 2021. As interim dean, she implemented the Fall Business Browse event in conjunction with Meet the Firms, which 26 employers attended. She also secured funding for key initiatives, including the Global Learning Classroom; the Multimedia and Distance Learning Studio; and a community sponsorship program that supports scholarships, internships, and events.

New Programs

The School of Business at the University of California Riverside is now offering a degree in actuarial science to students seeking careers in finance and insurance. Students in the four-year program take courses in mathematics and statistics as well as business and finance. A new course, Foundations of Insurance, was created for the program. Students who complete the degree will receive preparation for the professional exams required for the field.

For the 2023–24 academic year, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia will be adding a major focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), which explores how social, psychological, and economic factors affect the performance of individuals, groups, and firms. The DEI major, which requires four credit units beyond the core, draws from offerings in the departments of management; legal studies and business ethics; and business, economics, and public policy. Among the courses students can take are Business Economics and Discrimination; Big Data, Big Responsibilities; Power and Politics in Organizations; Law at Work; Reforming Mass Incarceration and the Role of Business; and Prison Education. Students also can take relevant courses broadly focused on DEI, including those in the departments of anthropology, gender, women’s studies, religious studies, and sociology.


Dublin City University Business School has signed a five-year partnership agreement with professional services firm KPMG. The agreement, which expands on existing engagements, will enhance collaborations on curriculum development, guest lectures, student awards, human capital enrichment, and work placement programs. The agreement also will encourage collaboration on research about the accounting profession, talent development, human resource management, leadership, innovation, and digitalization. In addition, the collaboration will enable professional development and training opportunities for KPMG staff.

Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K. has signed a partnership with ISDE Law Business School in Barcelona, Spain, to create a BSc (Hons) in Sport Management. The degree will lead to a Global Masters in Sports Management and Legal Skills with FC Barcelona, a professional soccer club. Classes will be taught in English at the ISDE campus and will be delivered by lecturers with extensive experience in the sports industry. As part of its partnership with ISDE, Northumbria University also will share research with the Barça Innovation Hub, which is dedicated to disseminating sports information and knowledge.

Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) in the U.K. has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). The agreement will allow the organizations to work together on research and teaching-related activities dedicated to improving lives, finding solutions to critical issues, and developing social innovation. LUMS research revolves around three key areas: social justice, innovation in place, and sustainability. RSA provides platforms and networks that bring together institutions devoted to social change.

New Centers and Facilities

The Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston recently opened the X-Lab, a human behavior facility that helps researchers understand how customers make decisions. Using the biosensor research platform iMotions, grad students can study and analyze consumer experiences through tools that measure eye metrics, facial expressions, and electrodermal activity such as finger sweat. As participants look at pictures or watch videos, a computer integrates their bio-measurements to provide more objective insights into their responses to ads and package designs. X-Lab will be used in a STEM-designated Master of Science in Marketing program that focuses on the influences, emotions, and reasoning that occur in consumers’ nonconscious brains and how those reactions can be used to improve customer experiences.

Faculty and staff have begun moving into O’Brien Hall, the new 100,000-square-foot facility at Marquette University’s College of Business Administration in Milwaukee. The 60 million USD facility is the largest fully donor-funded project in the school’s history. O’Brien Hall features an open atrium, a café, collaborative classrooms, lab and study spaces, an event space for the Milwaukee business community, student services, and faculty offices. Its proximity to Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering offers opportunities to pair faculty experts and students within the two academic disciplines. The first classes will be held in the new facility in January 2023.

Other News

Harvard Business Review is commemorating its 100th anniversary by publishing a centennial issue of the magazine; releasing a book titled HBR at 100; offering special digital content; and holding events in London, Vienna, and New York City. It is also offering a free download of its first issue, published in 1922, which had a print run of 5,000. Today, the publication has a paid circulation of nearly 350,000. Commenting on how business has changed over the past century, editor-in-chief Adi Ignatius said, “The future of business has reached an inflection point that will dramatically change everything from its role in society to how companies operate. As Harvard Business Review enters its second century, one thing will remain steadfast: our commitment to helping leaders solve the world’s toughest management challenges.”

A call for applications for a new scholarship program has been announced by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Middle East and North Africa at the School of Business of the American University in Cairo (J-PAL MENA at AUC). The MENA Scholars Fellowship provides researchers from or based in the MENA region with opportunities to build their technical skills so they can conduct randomized evaluations of social development programs and policies. Supported by Community Jameel and the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, the fellowship provides scholars with a two-year stipend as they work on randomized evaluations with J-PAL affiliates and receive mentorship from affiliated professors. Scholars also will have the opportunity to enroll in MicroMasters courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and attend workshops presented by J-PAL MENA staff.

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