Nationwide search for dean of WFU School of Business begins

business.schoolA nationwide search for the next dean of our School of Business has begun with the formation of a search committee and the selection of a search consultant. This search and the appointment of a new dean are among the University’s most important priorities this year. We have a signal opportunity to build on the remarkable progress and success that the School has experienced under Steve Reinemund’s leadership, and expect that this position will be particularly attractive to talented and experienced candidates of a wide range of backgrounds.

Provost Rogan Kersh will be chairing the faculty-based search committee and is most grateful to the following fellow-members who have agreed to participate in this vital process:

  • Umit Akinc, Thomas H. Davis Chair and Professor of Business
  • Derrick Boone, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Anna Cianci, Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Pat Dickson, Associate Professor and Director, Business & Enterprise Management
  • Jon Duchac, Merrill Lynch Professor of Accounting
  • David Dupree, University Trustee
  • Mercy Eyadiel, Executive Director, Market Readiness & Employment
  • Sherry Moss, Professor of Organizational Studies
  • Gail O’Day, Dean, School of Divinity
  • Amy Wallis, Professor of Practice in Organizational Behavior
  • Eric Wiseman, Chair, Business School Board of Visitors.

Mary Pugel, chief of staff in the president’s office, will staff the committee, which will commence its work immediately. Lisa Prigohzy-Milius, managing director of Presidio Executive Search, will in her consultant’s role help guide the identification, recruitment and selection process. The search should be completed in time to welcome a new dean before the next academic year begins.

There are two forums scheduled on the dean’s search.  The first is for business school faculty and staff on Monday, March 3, from noon to 1 p.m. The second is for business school students on Tuesday, March 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. Locations for both meetings will be announced soon.

These forums will be facilitated by members of the search committee and are intended to enable wide-ranging discussions about desired characteristics of the next dean, in the context of opportunities and challenges facing the School in upcoming months and years.

To aid in this work, all members of the Wake Forest community are encouraged to submit nominations to Ms. Prigohzy-Milius at