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Trustees approve five administrative appointments

July 13, 2009

KALAMAZOO--During their July 2 board meeting, Western Michigan University trustees approved five administrative appointments, all effective July 1, 2009.

Dr. David S. Reinhold was named associate provost for assessment and undergraduate studies and three were named to departmental leadership positions: Dr. Robert Landeros, chair of the Department of Management; Dr. Mushtaq Luqmani, chair of the Department of Marketing; and Dr. J. Michael Tarn, chair of the Department of Business Information Systems.

Trustees also approved the previously announced appointment of Dr. Ajay Samant as interim dean of the Haworth College of Business.

Reinhold moves to his new position in the Office of the Provost after serving as director of undergraduate studies and associate professor of chemistry. A faculty member since 1993, he will continue to oversee undergraduate studies and will also have responsibility for assessment, curricular review, undergraduate advising and the Western Edge. He will also oversee academic program planning and first-year seminar and the Center for Academic Success Programs. He earned his bachelor's degree from Muskingum College and a doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Landeros, professor of management, joined the faculty in 1989 and is the former director of the Integrated Supply Management program. He teaches supply chain management courses, and conducts research to improve the understanding and the effectiveness of supply chain management. He earned a bachelor's degree at Pepperdine University and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. Landeros replaces Dr. Thomas Carey, who will return to the faculty after serving as chair for eight years.

Luqmani, a professor of marketing, replaces Dr. Stephen Newell, who will return to teaching full-time after serving two years as chair. Luqmani's current research and scholarly interests are in the areas of international marketing and supply chain management, global sourcing and privatization issues. He earned bachelor's degrees from the University of Karachi in Pakistan and Indiana Institute of Technology, and master of business administration and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University.

Tarn, professor of computer information systems and coordinator of the telecommunications information management program, joined the WMU faculty in 1999. Previously, he taught at North Carolina's Chowan College for three years. He specializes in multidisciplinary research involving info-communication systems, electronic commerce, strategic management and modern organizational theory. Tarn earned a bachelor's degree from National Taiwan Ocean University and master's and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. He replaces Dr. Bernard T. Han, who served as chair for six years and will continue as a member of the faculty.

Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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