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Business dean candidates make public presentations

April 26, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Three candidates for the position of dean of the Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University will be on campus in the coming weeks to meet with faculty, staff and students and make public presentations.

All three public presentations will be held at 4 p.m. in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. The three candidates and the dates of their presentations are:

Wednesday, May 4, Dr. Robert Baer, dean and professor of marketing in the Foster College of Business Administration at Bradley University;

Monday, May 9, Dr. Susan E. Moeller, professor of finance at Eastern Michigan University; and

Wednesday, May 11, Dr. Michael A. Mazzeo, associate dean for undergraduate studies and associate professor of finance at the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University.

One previously announced candidate, Dr. Bruce Bublitz of the University of Texas at San Antonio, has withdrawn his name from consideration.

The candidates were selected after a national search, which was launched last year to replace Dr. James Schmotter, who led the college from 1997 to 2004. He is now president of Western Connecticut State University. Each of the candidates will be on campus for two days and, in addition to making public presentations, they will meet with a variety of University administrators, faculty and staff members, students and members of the business community who serve on the college's advisory council.

Robert Baer has been dean of Bradley's Foster School of Business Administration since 2001, and prior to that, he served as interim dean and associate dean of the school and chair of the Department of Marketing. He first joined the Bradley faculty in 1984, and his teaching background also includes posts at Arkansas Tech University and Miami University. A social psychologist, he has taught and published widely on such topics as consumer behavior and relationship and health care marketing. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1974, a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1976 and a doctoral degree from Miami University in 1981.

Michael Mazzeo, who has served on the faculty at MSU since 1990, was named acting associate dean for undergraduate programs in MSU's Broad School of Business in 2001 and then was appointed to the position in 2002. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, he taught at Indiana University for eight years. Mazzeo has published widely on topics surrounding corporate takeovers and corporate debt. He earned three degrees from what is now the University at Buffalo--bachelor's and master's degrees in economics in 1975 and 1978, respectively, and a doctoral degree in finance in 1984.

Susan Moeller joined the EMU faculty in 1980 and has served in a variety of administrative positions, including associate dean of the College of Business from 1993 to 1996 and director of academic budget and operations in the Office of the Provost from 1996 to 2002. She returned to the faculty in 2002 and is immediate past president of the EMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Prior to joining the EMU faculty, Moeller taught at Northeastern University and at the University of Michigan-Flint. Moeller, who has published in the areas of corporate bankruptcy and international finance, earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University in 1975, 1977 and 1985, respectively.

Evaluation forms will be available at each public presentation session, and the search committee that has been coordinating the process is seeking thoughtful assessment of each candidate, according to Dr, Margaret Merrion, dean of the College of Fine Arts and chairperson of the search committee.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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