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Administrative Changes At Clarkson University School Of Business

Potsdam, N.Y. – Clarkson University Vice President for Academic Affairs Anthony G. Collins has announced that Victor P. Pease of Canton will leave his position as dean of the School of Business (CUSB) on June 30 and return to teaching and research as a faculty member. Fredric C. Menz of Colton has agreed to accept the position of interim dean of the School of Business effective July 1.

Collins also announced other appointments in the CUSB administration: Farzad Mahmoodi of Hannawa Falls, currently a member of the faculty of Operations and Production Management, will fill the dual roles of director of the Engineering and Manufacturing Management graduate program and director of Graduate Business Programs; Jefferson T. Davis of Potsdam, currently in the faculty of Accounting and MIS, has accepted an appointment as the director of Undergraduate Business programs; and Michael H. Ensby of Colton, an instructor in the faculty of Organizational Studies, has agreed to work with Menz in the preparation leading up to the AACSB (International Association for Management Education) accreditation visit, as well as assisting in recruiting for the graduate School of Business.

Pease became dean of the School of Management in 1992, and returns to teaching in the Clarkson University School of Business, the name change during his tenure reflecting the more business-oriented, entrepreneurial spirit of industry today. In Pease's six years as dean, the CUSB has assembled the strongest teaching and research faculty in its history. Through his leadership, the faculty and staff have had some exciting accomplishments.

For example, Clarkson's international graduate programs have been strengthened by partnerships with the University of Ottawa, the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands and Reims School of Business in France. In fact, when CUSB moves to the hill campus, the new academic building will house a Center for International Study and Global Learning.

CUSB's major student consulting groups, the Canadian-U.S. Consulting Service, the Internet Consulting Group, and the Small Business Consulting Service, have offered Clarkson students a team-based learning experience, while the Educational Partnership Program has achieved national recognition as a model of excellence, bringing Clarkson, businesses, and secondary schools together as partners in learning.

Pease created the Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Development and a Graduate Career Service, working in partnership with the University Career Development Center. He also upgraded the school's computer facilities and resources to a level of excellence matched only by top business schools, and formed partnerships with Novell and Microsoft to offer courses leading to certification.

Fred Menz's new position as interim dean is an important appointment for the University, as we look to the CUSB move to the hill and an accreditation review in the 1999-2000 academic year, said Collins. "We are fully confident that Fred will lead the school effectively as we prepare for these two particular events and continue the school's growth."

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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