WMU News

Burnie promoted to associate dean

Aug. 1, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. David A. Burnie has been promoted to the position of associate dean and director of graduate programs in the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University.

In his new role, which is effective Aug. 5, Burnie will oversee the college's graduate program and assist faculty members in obtaining external research grants and other funding. The associate dean also serves as the liaison to the college's MBA sites around the world, works to ensure quality and continuous improvement and leads curriculum planning for core business courses.

Burnie replaces Dr. Richard L. Hodges, who will return to the faculty as an associate professor of accountancy.

"I'm delighted that David Burnie has agreed to take on this important job," says Dr. James W. Schmotter, dean of the college. "David is a well-known scholar in the field of finance and has been active in the area of graduate education.

"He has spent time at Stockholm University and taken a sabbatical leave to work with the Kellogg Corp.'s Financial Analysis and Planning Division. Thus, David brings an understanding of the global and practitioner viewpoints that are so important to business education at the Haworth College."

Most recently, Burnie served as a professor of finance and commercial law and director of the Financial Studies Program in the Haworth College of Business. A WMU faculty member since 1987, he was a visiting professor at Stockholm University in 2001. He also has served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee - Knoxville, the University of Windsor and Syracuse University. Burnie earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Guelph, an MBA at the University of Windsor and his doctoral degree at Syracuse University.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst in the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts and he has earned the Certified Cash Manager designation from the Association for Financial Professionals. An active researcher who studies the stock and bond markets in the United States and Canada, Burnie is the author of "Testbank for Corporate Finance," now in its sixth edition from Richard D. Irwin Publishing. He is a five-time recipient of the Haworth College of Business Dean's Research Grant. A former member and officer of the University's Graduate Studies Council, Burnie was one of the key players in the founding of the business college's Co-Op MBA Program, an initiative for graduate students with bachelor's degrees in fields other than business.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu


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