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Memorial announces new dean of business

Ref. No. 170

DATE:     July 30, 2002
RELEASE DATE:     Upon receipt
SUBJECT:     Memorial announces new dean of business

Dr. Gary Gorman has become Memorial University's senior businessman. Dr. Evan Simpson, vice-president (academic) of Memorial, announced today the appointment of Dr. Gorman as the university's new dean of business administration. Dr. Gorman, who is succeeding Dr. Bill Blake, was appointed by Memorial's Board of Regents and will take up the faculty's senior post effective August 1, 2002, for a five-year term.

"I am delighted to have Dr. Gorman as our new dean of business administration," said Dr. Simpson. "Dr. Gorman is dedicated to building the faculty's presence across the country and internationally, and is committed to significantly increasing the number of students graduating from its programs. His extensive work in the areas of small business and entrepreneurship will help to identify the Faculty of Business Administration as a leading institution for research and outreach in those areas as well as others."

According to Dr. Gorman, the faculty's recent accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, signals the priority for his work as dean. "Achieving accreditation was a process for the faculty and we learned that we need to devote more time and attention to enhancing our research profile," he said. "Developing a PhD program is a vital component in providing support o allow the faculty to build its reputation as a research leader."

Dr. Gorman joined the faculty in 1977 as the co-ordinator of the Business Co-operative Education Office. Since then, he has held a number of teaching and administrative positions including serving as associate dean, undergraduate programs (1994-1997) and graduate programs (1993-1994). He earned his BBA at St. Francis Xavier University, his MBA at the University of Western Ontario and his PhD from the University of Stirling.

Dr. Gorman's primary research interest lies in the field of small business and entrepreneurship and most recently, he has taught courses at the undergraduate level in Introduction to Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation. He is also a faculty advisor for the Memorial chapter of the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs.

In addition to serving on a number of university and faculty committees, Dr. Gorman is involved in several community organizations including, the Y Enterprise Centre's Advisory Board Program, the Virginia Park Community Centre and the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

Editor's note: A photo of Dr. Gorman is available at www.mun.ca/univrel/photos.html.


For more information, contact: Aimee Sheppard, communications coordinator (business), 709-737-2616 or asheppar@mun.ca.


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