James Madison University Names B-School Dean

Courtesy James Madison Univeristy

Mary Gowan will be the next dean of the James Madison University College of Business, one of a small but growing number of female academics to take the helm of a business school.

Gowan, a management professor at Elon University’s Love School of Business, will assume the dean’s position at JMU on July 1. She replaces interim dean Irvine Clarke III, who held the position after Bob Reid left in 2011 for a job with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the B-school accrediting group.

A former dean at Elon, Gowan stepped down from that position at the end of the 2010-11 academic year to return to teaching and scholarship. During her four years as dean, she implemented a new strategic plan, shepherded the school through the AACSB reaccreditation process, and added new endowed professorships, among other things.

She joins a small cadre of female business school deans that includes Idalene “Idie” Kesner, who was named dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in May pending approval by the board of trustees; Judy Olian at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management; Sally Blount at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management; Alison Davis-Blake at Michigan’s Ross School of Business; and Sri Zaheer at Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

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