Dean Kavajecz assembles senior leadership team, seeks to build ‘partnership culture’

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Whitman School Dean Dr. Kenneth Kavajecz recently appointed several faculty and staff to serve in senior leadership positions for the School. Those appointments are:

Amanda Nicholson, a professor of retail practice and 2011 Whitman Undergraduate Professor of the Year, has been named associate dean of undergraduate programs.

“Our engagement of and interaction with our undergraduate students is paramount to their, and the School’s, success. I will be working with our faculty, staff and students to open lines of communication and build synergistic relationships that will further enhance our students’ ability to attain their educational and personal aspirations,” says Nicholson.  

Whitman’s PhD Programs are now under the direction of Michel Benaroch. His joint appointment, as associate dean of research and PhD programs, will allow Benaroch to explore and capitalize on synergetic opportunities across both areas.

“One of my first priorities is to reassess and refresh the structure of the PhD program in order to capitalize on the evolving strengths of Whitman’s outstanding faculty,” says Benaroch.

Kevin Bailey, formerly the director of information technology, has been named assistant dean and chief information officer. The technology, marketing and communications functions of the School are being integrated and consolidated under Bailey’s leadership.

“From articulating answers to the question “Why Whitman?” to providing a state-of-the-art digital experience for our constituents, the Technology, Marketing, and Communications team at Whitman strives for the cutting edge,” says Bailey.

Don Harter has been reappointed as associate dean of masters programs. His first three years as associate dean saw many milestones including the first-ever Bloomberg Businessweek ranking for the MBA program (#55) as well as the highest-ever ranking for the online MBA (iMBA) program (#30 by US News & World Report).

“To continue to grow and increase the quality of the masters programs, we’ve launched an international marketing and recruiting tour. The campaign is currently engaging alumni, universities and corporations worldwide,” says Harter.

Angela Petrucco has been reappointed as assistant dean of career services. Over the past seven years, Petrucco and her team have transformed the service delivery structure of the Whitman Career Services program.

“Using strategic partnerships, the Career Center has created innovative programming, such as “Career Madness” and the Whitman CNY Alumni Mentoring program, in which our corporate partners and alumni educate and prepare our current students for a competitive business career search,” says Petrucco.

“I look forward to working with Amanda, Michel, Kevin, Don and Angela to build a ‘partnership culture’ between students, faculty, staff and alumni that will allow Whitman to build upon its recent successes and be all it can be,” says Kavajecz.