Florida International University hunts to replace 14-year business dean
By Jacquelyn Weiner
The search is on for a new dean of Florida International University's College of Business Administration.
The ideal candidate will be an effective fundraiser, able to "develop a strong research agenda with faculty" and have global business experience, said FIU Provost Douglas Wartzok.
"The international is going to weight very highly because that's where we have our strongest reputation," Dr. Wartzok said.
Dean openings are usually filled through a national search, Dr. Wartzok said, with applications screened by a committee including students, faculty and members of the school's Community Advisory Board.
Finalists then make on-campus visits and a top choice is selected.
In the search for a business school head, current Executive Dean Joyce Elam has led the college for 14 years.
Dr. Elam had expressed interest in leaving the post after 10 years, Dr. Wartzok said.
A national search to replace Dr. Elam three years ago was unsuccessful, he said, so this is the school's second attempt.
Dr. Wartzok said Dr. Elam is to serve as business dean until a replacement is named and will remain dean of FIU's University College, which encompasses non-degree courses and online offerings.
A search committee for the school's next business dean has been formed and a search is underway, he said.
The goal is to name a replacement by 2012, with the new dean starting work by summer.
FIU is also seeking a dean for its School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Following a search, the school has narrowed prospects and plans to interview three finalists in the next few weeks.
Among the top picks: Guy Berger, a professor at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and Raul Reis, chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at California State University.
The third candidate is to be selected by a search committee, Dr. Wartzok said.
"It's a very difficult position to fill," he said. "The journalism industry is changing so rapidly, it's a real challenge for the faculty and the dean to know what sort of students to be preparing for the future."
Focuses include training students to be proficient in multimedia and to take a global approach to journalism, he said.
"The idea is to find somebody who is better than anyone else at prognosticating what the future of journalism is going to be," Dr. Wartzok said.
As for the university's other colleges, five new deans have started in 2011.
All were selected after national searches.
nMike Hampton started as dean of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in January.
Dr. Hampton was previously dean of the College of Hospitality Management at Lynn University.
nAfter serving as interim dean, Brian Schriner was named dean of the College of Architecture + The Arts in March.
Before that, he was associate dean for academic affairs.
nAnother interim head, Honors College Dean Lesley Armstrong Northup, was given the position permanently in May.
Before that, she was associate dean.
nOra Lea Strickland joined the university as dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in July.
She was previously a professor at Emory University.
nLakshmi Reddi started as dean of the University Graduate School in July.
Mr. Reddi was most recently chair of Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida.
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