Purdue University’s new online education platform for adult learners, Purdue University Global, has named Jeffrey M. Buck as the dean of its School of Business and Information Technology. Buck replaces Thomas Boyd, who has retired. Most recently, Buck served as associate dean overseeing adult and graduate business programs at Anderson University in Indiana.
Auburn University has selected Annette Ranft as the eighth dean of its Harbert College of Business. Ranft, who in 2012 was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top women in business school administration, joins the Harbert College from North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management, where she had served as dean and Steven P. Zelnak Jr. chair since July 2016. She succeeds Bill Hardgrave, who in January became Auburn University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs after more than seven years as dean.
Niagara University’s College of Business Administration in New York has named Mark Frascatore as its new dean. Frascatore most recently served as the senior associate dean of Clarkson University’s David D. Reh School of Business in Potsdam, New York, as well as a member of the economics faculty. He succeeds Tenpao Lee, who returns to the faculty after serving as interim dean.
Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business in Connecticut has named Zhan Li as itsnew dean. Li, who also will be on the faculty as a professor of marketing, had previously served as the dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California.
Robert F. Scherer has been appointed dean of the School of Business at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Scherer previously held leadership positions at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of Dallas, and Cleveland State University.
Mark Ranalli has been named the dean of Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship in Bozeman, Montana. Ranalli most recently was an administrator and professor at Tufts University. He succeeds Kregg Aytes, who has transitioned back to a faculty position within the college. Aytes had served as the business dean since 2012.
Gina Grandy is the new dean of the Paul J. Hill School of Business and Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. She also will be a professor of strategy and leadership.