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2011 Accounting Footnotes

Jeffrey Katz Named Dean of Gordon Ford College of Business

Dean Katz

Dr. Jeffrey Katz, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Professor of Management at Kansas State University, will be the next Dean of the Gordon Ford College of Business. Dr. Katz, who holds the Edgerley Family Endowed Chair in Business at KSU, will begin his new role at WKU June 27, 2011.

"It is an honor to be offered the opportunity to join the administrative team at WKU and lead the Gordon Ford College of Business," Dr. Katz said. "Together with the outstanding faculty, dedicated staff and talented students, I embrace the vision that will take the University to the next level."

WKU Provost Gordon Emslie said Dr. Katz is a scholar and academic leader. "He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, commitment and personal skills to this important position," he said. "I am confident that under his leadership, the Gordon Ford College will reach even greater levels of excellence in academics and engagement with the community that WKU is proud to serve."

WKU President Gary Ransdell said Dr. Katz "has distinguished himself as a scholar, an administrator and entrepreneur. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar, published more than 50 works, has been president of the Midwest Academy of Management, Director of the Center for Leadership at KSU and was part of a campus-wide entrepreneurship movement. This broad array of experience will serve him well at WKU."

Dr. Katz said the Gordon Ford College has a bright future, which was one of the attractions for him.

"The College and its faculty have achieved notable recognition for outstanding programs," he said. "I invite partnerships with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and industry leaders to assist us in building our future."

Dr. Katz earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and master's degree in agribusiness from Arizona State University and a master's in management and doctorate in strategic management from the University of Florida. He also completed the Management Development Program from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

He has been at KSU since joining the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Management in 1995. He has expertise in the area of strategic management and corporate governance with knowledge and experience on both domestic and international levels. His research includes global competitors, strategic decision-making and corporate governance.

Dr. Katz and his wife, Julie, have two adult children. He replaces Dr. William Tallon who left WKU in 2010 to become Dean of the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Story courtesy of WKU Spirit

Spring 2011

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