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Letter from Dean Gowan Enews Summer 2014

Dear Alumni and Friends,

My first year as dean has come and gone in a whirlwind of alumni events, conversations with faculty and students, and strategic planning. What an exciting time to be in the College and at JMU!

In the last newsletter I mentioned an upcoming event on September 12. I want to put in another plug for the event, which is already getting a lot of good buzz on and off campus.  The event will feature three of our alumni in a TED Talk format: Venture Capitalist Don Rainey, Serial Entrepreneur John Rothenberger, and Entrepreneur and Innovator Virginia Coles. Our Society of Entrepreneur students are going to do a Dukes version of Shark Tank, and there will be lots of opportunity for networking.  The evening will be energetic, entertaining, and a great way to reconnect (or connect) with other JMU alumni, faculty, and students interested in entrepreneurship and related endeavors. So, if you are an entrepreneur, entrepreneurially minded, a VC, or in any other way consider yourself in this space, please join us on September 12. Registration is now open! Here’s the link:  And, we are even offering discounted tickets to Coach Everett Withers first home game the next day.

I would also like to announce two new leadership appointments in the College. On July 1, Andy Wood joined us as the new chair for the Department of Marketing. Andy joins us from West Virginia University where he was also chair of the Department of Marketing. His experience and research are in the area of professional sales. He has already begun to provide important leadership for us in building out our Center for Professional Selling.

Molly Brown is joining the leadership team as the new Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs on August 1. Molly has been an accounting instructor at JMU since 2002 and has shepherded our Beta Alpha Psi accounting, information systems, and finance student organization to receive a number of significant national recognitions. She also has played a key role in the School of Accounting annual “Meet the Firms” night. Her passion for student success as business professionals and leaders is going to help us continue to move our undergraduate program even more firmly into the top tier of undergraduate business programs.

Here’s wishing you a relaxing rest of the summer and I hope to see you on campus this Fall. 

Go Dukes!

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Mary Gowan, Dean and Kenneth R. Bartee Endowed Professor