Transitions | September 2020

Individuals in the industry step up and move on.

Pace University in New York City has appointed Lawrence G. Singleton dean of the Lubin School of Business. Singleton most recently served as dean and professor of accounting and international business at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was previously a member of the faculty of the School of Business at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He also has served as a visiting professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management in France and Peking University in China. Previously, Singleton worked in the audit and National SEC Practice groups of Ernst & Young LLP’s Washington office. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Naren Agrawal has been appointed the interim dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business in California. He currently serves as the Benjamin and Mae Swig Professor of Supply Chain Management and Analytics in the department of information systems and analytics at the school, and he has been a member of the faculty since 1992. Naren served as the associate dean of faculty from 2010 to 2015 and chairman of the operations management and information systems department from 2008 to 2010. He also has been a visiting professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India. Agrawal takes over from Caryn Beck-Dudley, who became president and CEO of AACSB International this summer.

Catherine Duggan has been appointed as the new director of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) in South Africa. Duggan previously was professor of management and political economy and vice dean for strategy and research at the African Leadership University’s School of Business (ALUSB) in Rwanda. She has taught at Harvard Business School and served as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School. Her research focuses on institutional development and financial sector regulation in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular emphasis on the ways that countries can build institutions to support economic development. Duggan is the second woman to hold the directorship of UCT GSB. She will formally join the school September 1.

The University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business in Champaign has made two new appointments that showcase its dedication to diversity and purpose-driven education. Denise Lewin Loyd, associate professor of business administration, has been named the first associate dean for equity; she will lead the college’s strategy in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Loyd joined Gies Business in 2013 after eight years at Massachusetts Institutie of Technology’s Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Benjamin Lough has become the first director of social innovation at the Gies College. His goal will be to broaden the school’s curriculum in the areas of social impact, social innovation and entrepreneurship, nonprofit and social purpose management, and arts management and leadership. Lough, who will keep his appointment as an associate professor in the School of Social Work, also will advise student teams participating in broader campus events such as the college’s iVenture Accelerator and the COZAD New Venture Challenge.

Keith Womer has been named interim dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Womer, who served as dean of the school from 2004 to 2013, had been semi-retired but was still teaching classes and advising students in the DBA program. Womer has been affiliated with UMSL for 16 years; he also has held positions at the University of Mississippi, Clemson University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He took over the role July 6 following the retirement of Charles E. Hoffman, who had been dean since 2013. During his tenure, Hoffman oversaw the launch of the entrepreneurship program UMSL Accelerate, the creation of the Doctor of Business Administration program, and the development of a new cybersecurity program. He also shepherded the planning and construction of the college’s home, Anheuser-Busch Hall, which opened in 2017. Hoffman donated US$1 million to the project. Hoffman will remain involved with UMSL as Executive in Residence.