College of Business

Dean Transition Announced


 

SUMMARY: Mary Gowan, Dean of the College of Business recently announced that she will be moving to a faculty position in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies, at the end of this academic year.


Dean Mary GowanMary Gowan, Dean of the College of Business and the Kenneth R. Bartee Endowed Professor, recently announced that she will be moving to a faculty position in the School of Strategic Leadership Studies, the Ph.D. granting affiliate of the College of Business, at the end of this academic year. Dean Gowan is completing a five-year term as dean. She came to JMU in 2013 and has led the college through a major strategic planning process and implementation, successful reaccreditation of the business and accounting programs, launch of a differential tuition plan, addition of a new MBA concentration, creation of the Office of Experiential Learning with a growth in professional development activities for students, a substantial increase in fundraising, and planning for the new College of Business Learning Complex, and more. In making the announcement, Dean Gowan noted the desire to return to a faculty role to work on some writing and other projects, and the need for more time to care for her mother. Provost Heather Coltman will be announcing the process for a dean’s search in the near future. Dean Gowan notes “It has been a pleasure to serve as the dean of the College of Business at James Madison University. I continue to be impressed with the student-centered focus of the faculty, the work ethic of our students, the employer commitment and the growing engagement of our alumni. I look forward to taking on a new role with the college as a faculty member working with doctoral students, preparing the next generation of leaders for higher education, non-profits and other organizations.”

Published: Friday, September 8, 2017

Last Updated: Friday, September 8, 2017

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