College of Business Dean Search Nears Completion

The College of Business’ search for a new dean, which started last spring, may soon be drawing to an end. Three finalists for the position are set to give presentations to faculty and students throughout next week.

The position has been open since the departure of former dean Dan Moshavi. Moshavi left MSU last spring to become dean of the School of Business and Leadership at The Dominican University in San Rafael, California.

The three finalists are Dr. Penne Ainsworth of the University of Wyoming, Dr. Kregg Aytes of Idaho State University and Dr. Howard Smith of Boise State University.

According to Matha Potvin, the MSU provost, the finalists were selected from a national pool consisting of more than 50 applicants.

Dr. Ainsworth, who will present Thursday Feb. 23, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Business at the University of Wyoming. She has a background in accounting.

Dr. Aytes,  who will present Tuesday Feb. 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is currently the Interim Dean of the College of Business at Idaho State University. Having previously worked as an engineer, his specialty is in systems and industry.

Dr. Smith, who will present Wednesday Feb. 29, from 3 to 4 p.m., is a professor in the Department of Management at Boise State University. He worked as an associate dean at the University of New Mexico. Smith is also a published author of numerous articles and novels, including three books on nature.

All presentations will take place in the Procrastinator Theatre, and a public reception will be held after each.

The search committee’s goal is to have the position filledby mid-March, so the new dean can start July 1.

The College of Business has approximately 1,200 students, and recently received a $25 million gift from MSU alumnus and furniture mogul Jake Jabs.

Including the College of Business, there are currently five dean spots at MSU looking to be filled. Also looking for deans are the College of Education, Health and Human Development, the MSU Renne Library, the College of Arts and Architecture, and the College of Letters and Science.

While the dean positions for the College of Business and the College of Arts and Architecture are projected to be filled by July 1, the three newer vacancies are scheduled to be filled by Jan 1 of 2013.

MSU plans to hire a professional search consultant to help with the process.