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Dr. Mary A. Gowan
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JMU CoB Dean Dr. Mary A. Gowan


Mary Gowan is Dean and Kenneth R. Bartee Endowed Professor for the College of Business at James Madison University.  She joined JMU in July 2013.  Dean Gowan is a former professor of management and the former dean of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business at Elon University.  She joined Elon in July 2007 from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she was Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Human Resources Management in the School of Business.  During her tenure as dean at Elon, the Love School of Business achieved reaccreditation by AACSB-International, completed a revisioning and strategic planning process, doubled its endowment, added new faculty and staff lines, and achieved two important national rankings:   Bloomberg Businessweek  ranked  the part-time MBA program #1 in the south and #6 in the nation, and ranked the undergraduate business program as #26 for academic quality, #36  private school program, and #60 overall.

Dr. Gowan’s Ph.D. is in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, with a major in Human Resource Management.  In addition to Elon and GW, she has been on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, UNC Charlotte, UT El Paso, and Mercer University.  She also has been a visiting professor at the University of Maryland, and the Helsinki School of Economics and Business with appointments in Finland and South Korea.  

Dean Gowan teaches leadership, organizational behavior, and human resource management courses.  She has extensive consulting and executive education experience with private and public organizations in the areas of leadership, human resource management, and organizational behavior.  Clients have included Lockheed Martin, Harris Teeter, BDO Seidman LLP, Marriott, Sears, BankofAmerica, Wachovia, and the cities of Charlotte, NC, and El Paso, TX, and taught in the executive MBA program at the LG Electronics Headquarters in South Korea, as well.  Her research focuses on corporate reputation and career transitions.  She is the co-author of a textbook entitled Human Resource Management:  Managing Employees for Competitive Advantage.  

Dr. Gowan is on the board of the Southern Business Association of Administrators and associate editor of the International Journal of Human Resource Management.  She has served on several journal editorial boards and is a past board member of the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, the Institute for Sustainable Development, Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, and the Christian Service Center of Central Florida.