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RWU Appoints Dean of Mario J. Gabelli School of Business

Accomplished scholar, educator and administrator Susan McTiernan joins Roger Williams University on July 31

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has appointed accomplished scholar, educator and administrator Susan McTiernan, Ph.D., to lead the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. As dean, she will serve as the school’s academic and administrative leader.

McTiernan comes to Roger Williams from Quinnipiac University, where she served as associate dean and associate professor of management in the School of Business since 2010.

“I am delighted to be joining Roger Williams University as the dean of the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at this exciting time in the history of the institution,” McTiernan says. “Since my first research into the University through to my campus visit and beyond, I have been consistently impressed by the programs and the people that characterize Roger Williams. I am especially looking forward to partnering with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, university leadership and other stakeholders of the Gabelli School in moving it to the next level of accomplishment and prominence among business schools nationally and globally.”

Andrew Workman, the University’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, says a range of factors made McTiernan an ideal fit for the deanship: “Dr. McTiernan comes to Roger Williams with a national reputation in business education, an outstanding record of new program development and a wide reputation for professionalism and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty.”

Prior to her post at Quinnipiac, McTiernan held positions as associate dean at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and the Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York. Her reach extends far beyond the classroom, with leadership roles in AACSB International as a member of the steering committee for the Women Administrators in Management Education affinity group and as chair of the Associate Deans affinity group. McTiernan is also an elected member of the Graduate Management Admission Council’s board of directors.

Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Eisinger, a member of the search committee that selected the new dean, says McTiernan’s wealth of experience, knowledge and vision will build on the existing strengths and successes of the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business. “Dr. McTiernan is a keen listener,” Eisinger says. “Her intelligence, energy and sense of humor will serve Roger Williams University with distinction as the Gabelli School continues to build and enhance its reputation.”

McTiernan holds a doctorate in management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, where she was a Packard Foundation Scholar and a Mandel Center Fellow. She earned her master’s degree from Hofstra and a bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, and is a Fulbright Scholar.

McTiernan is an accomplished scholar whose research focuses on leadership, organizational behavior and women in organizations. She has published scholarly work in academic journals, is a sought-after presenter at academic conferences and has been widely referenced in national publications.

W. Brett McKenzie, professor of computer information systems at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business and co-chair of the search committee, says that with her extensive background in research and teaching, McTiernan brings the ability not only to enhance the school’s reputation, but to effectively collaborate with the School’s faculty.

“As a former Fulbright scholar and a respected researcher in organizational management, Dr. McTiernan brings the perspective of scholarship to support and encourage growth and exploration among our faculty,” McKenzie says. “At a time when external pressures on higher education continue to mount, a leader who can work with faculty to build innovative and compelling experiences for students will ensure continued success.”

McTiernan’s appointment is effective beginning July 31, 2014.