I am pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Iacovou has accepted my invitation to serve as the next Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Business, effective July 1. Provost Rogan Kersh chaired a national search for a leader of impeccable experience and an appreciation for the power of a well-rounded business education in a collegiate-university setting. Throughout the process, Dr. Iacovou distinguished himself as the best choice for Wake Forest.
Since joining the School of Business’ leadership team in 2007, he has served in a number of senior administrative roles, including Director of the Full-time MBA Program, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty. For the past two years, he has served as the School’s Vice Dean. In this capacity, he has had oversight responsibility for undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs. He also has been responsible for faculty affairs, academic centers and all administrative and professional staff functions of the school.
Under his leadership, the School of Business faculty and staff formulated a strategic framework for business education at Wake Forest between 2012-13, which is currently being implemented. This followed Dr. Iacovou’s successful efforts to co-lead the integration of the graduate and undergraduate business schools at Wake Forest.
Before joining Wake Forest University in 2001, Dr. Iacovou led an electronic bank, Laiki eBank, in Europe. Additionally, Dr. Iacovou has provided strategic planning, management consulting, and leadership training services to firms in the financial services, international trade, logistics, media and other industries. As Professor of Management, Dr. Iacovou has received numerous teaching and research awards from students, alumni and faculty.
Dr. Iacovou was a faculty member in the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University from 1997 to 1999. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from the University of British Columbia and his B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont. He completed his undergraduate studies with the support of a scholarship administered by the Cyprus Fulbright Commission.
I am confident Dr. Iacovou will take Wake Forest to the next level as a distinctive and distinguished school of business. Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.