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Meeting the New Dean of the College of Business

Release Date:
8/2/2012 12:00 AM

This August, the University of New Haven proudly welcomes Elizabeth B. Davis, Ph.D., as the new Dean of the College of Business. Dr. Davis comes to the university with a strong record of academic success with accomplishments and endeavors which have spanned the globe. Her vibrant and varied background will greatly benefit students and faculty members of the College of Business. She has played an integral role in the improvement and enhancement of other institutions of higher learning and she will strive to do the same here atthe University of New Haven.

Currently, Dr. Davis is chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences & Communication at The George Washington University.  In her 12 years at George Washington, Dr. Davis has also been an associate professor and program director of Organizational Sciences, as well as director of The George Washington University Women’s Leadership Institute.  Previously, she taught at St. Joseph’s University School of Business, most recently as chairperson of the Management & Information Systems department, where she led her department through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process successfully.

Prior to beginning her academic career, Dr. Davis worked in the health care industry for many years.  She began as a researcher at Duke University Medical School and rose to become managing director of the National Disease Research Interchange, a biomedical research and technology firm in Philadelphia.  She also has been a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and has worked for and consulted with the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital. 

An authority in strategic management, business policy, and organizational dynamics, Dr. Davis teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels at George Washington and has led Executive MBA students on academic study tours of Eastern Europe, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan and Thailand.  In addition, she teaches strategy to senior officials in the Air Force and Navy.  She is active in the Academy of Management and other professional associations and has served as a board member and officer of the Eastern Academy of Management and the Northeast Business and Economics Association.

Dr. Davis, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in systems sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has published numerous articles on strategic management, stakeholder issues, organizational dynamics, and ethics.  She has lectured and consulted on strategy and human-centered systems change in the United States, Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.

With the arrival of Dr. Davis, Dr. Allen Sack, who served as interim dean, will return to his faculty role in the Department of Management & Sports Management and Executive Dean Larry Flanagan will focus more attention to achieving the College of Business’s 2020 Strategic Vision goals through increased corporate partnerships, alumni engagement, fundraising, and strategic initiatives with external stakeholders.