Business Administration Dean Candidates to Lead Open Sessions Next Week

KNOXVILLE—Five finalists for the new dean of the College of Business Administration have been announced. Three will visit campus next week and will lead open forums for the campus community.

Complete vitas and photos can be viewed at provost.utk.edu/announcements/20120209.shtml. Engineering Dean Wayne Davis is chairing the search to replace Dean Jan Williams, who will retire in June.

After attending the session, you can provide feedback by visiting provost.utk.edu/announcements/20120209-feedback.shtml.

Here are the finalists, listed in the order of their open forum schedule:

Benjamin Ayers, director of the JM Tull School of Accounting, University of Georgia, will lead a forum on Monday, February 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Ayers has been director of the university’s school of accounting since 2005. He came to the University of Georgia in 1996 as an assistant professor. He previously was an instructor at the University of Texas, Austin. He has a bachelor of science degree and a master’s of accounting degree from the University of Alabama. He has a doctorate of philosophy with a major in accounting and minors in finance and statistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Sanjay Gupta, chair, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, will lead a forum on Wednesday, February 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Gupta has been chairman of the department of accounting at Michigan State University since 2007. He previously held several positions with the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, including the first Henry & Horne Professorship in Accountancy and faculty director of the Master of Accountancy & Information Systems and the Masters of Taxation programs. He received a bachelor of commerce from the University of Mumbai, a bachelor of laws from Calcutta University in India, a master’s of accountancy from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate from Michigan State University.

Rachel Croson, division director, National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, and professor and director of The Negotiations Center, University of Texas at Dallas, will lead a forum on Thursday, February 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Croson has been division director at the National Science Foundation since 2010. She also is currently on leave from her role as director of The Negotiations Center, a joint appointment between School of Management and School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to UT Dallas, Croson was an associate professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Sarah Gardial, vice provost for faculty affairs, University of Tennessee, will lead a forum on Monday, February 27, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Gardial has been UT’s vice provost for faculty affairs since 2008. She began her career with the university in 1986 as a marketing assistant professor. She was associate dean for the College of Business Administration before joining the Provost’s staff. She previously was an instructor at the University of Houston. She has bachelor and master’s degrees in marketing from the University of Arkansas. She has a doctorate in marketing from the University of Houston.

William F. Fox, director of the UT Center for Business and Economic Research, College of Business Administration, will lead a forum on Wednesday, February 29, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm., in the University Center Shiloh Room.

Fox directs the Center for Business and Economic Research. He also is a professor of economics in the College of Business Administration. He’s had numerous international experiences, including being a distinguished Fulbright chair at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. He previously was head of UT’s department of economics from 1992 to 1997. He also was a visiting professor of economics at the University of Hawaii and public finance tax specialist, Near East Bureau, Agency for International Development. He has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University, and master’s and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University.

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