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Nationally Recognized Expert on Organizational Dynamics Named Business Dean

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4/19/2012 11:25 PM

April 19, 2012

University of New Haven: Elizabeth Davis, College of Business, Features Elizabeth B. Davis

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -  Elizabeth B. Davis, chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication at The George Washington University, has been appointed dean of the University of New Haven’s College of Business.

Davis is a nationally recognized authority on strategic management, business policy and organizational dynamics.

“Liz Davis brings an exemplary record in teaching and scholarship and a substantial level of administrative experience to UNH’s College of Business, which is undertaking a number of important new strategic initiatives,” said President Steven Kaplan. “She possesses enormous energy and vision, and her enthusiasm for business education is inspiring.”

In her 12 years at George Washington, Davis also has served as an associate professor and program director of organizational sciences, as well as director of The George Washington University Women’s Leadership Institute.

"Attracting a nationally recognized leader of Dr. Davis' caliber is a clear validation of the college's positive trajectory and will enable us to accelerate the aggressive strategy we are pursuing,” said Larry Flanagan, executive dean of the College of Business. “Students and faculty will quickly feel the transformation as she leads the college's ongoing commitment to academic quality. I look forward to working with her during this truly exciting time in the college’s history."

Previously, Davis taught at St. Joseph’s University School of Business, where she was chairperson of the management and information systems department. While at St. Joseph’s, she successfully led her department through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process.

Prior to beginning her academic career, Davis worked in the health care industry for a number of 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. 

“I am very excited to be joining the leadership team at UNH as dean of the College of Business,” Davis said. “The college has a talented faculty with deep commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and service. Its strong reputation will allow us to make critical contributions to the mission of the university, the community and the corporate landscape.”

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 is active in the Academy of Management, is president of the Eastern Academy of Management, and has served as a board member of the Northeast Business and Economics Association.

She will join UNH no later than Aug. 1. Davis will serve as the chief academic officer of the college and hold full responsibility for developing and administering the academic programs.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and University College, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.