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Business dean candidate withdraws, talks postponed

Jan. 25, 2010

KALAMAZOO--The withdrawal of one of two candidates for the position of dean of the Haworth College of Business has led Western Michigan University to cancel and postpone public presentations scheduled for Jan. 25 and 27.

Dr. Nicholas van der Walt, dean responsible for the Dubai campus of Hult International Business School in the United Arab Emirates, has alerted University officials that he will withdraw his candidacy. He had been scheduled to meet with community and university groups Monday, Jan. 25.

Dr. Ajay Samant, interim dean of the Haworth College of Business since July 2009, remains a strong candidate, says WMU Provost Timothy Greene, but the search process will be continued to identify additional candidates for the campus community to consider. Samant's Jan. 27 meetings with campus groups and his public presentation will be postponed until then.

"Until this point, our search has been on schedule, and we were pleased at having two very good candidates to bring forward," Greene says. "Dr. Samant has been gracious in agreeing to postpone his presentation until we are again at a point of having the credentials and views of additional candidates for the University to consider alongside his."

The Haworth dean search was launched late last summer to replace Dr. David Shields, who accepted a new deanship at Mercer University in Atlanta.

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

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