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Virginia Christ Appoints Dean of Wayne State University Mike Ilitch Business School-Today @ Wayne

Virginia Franke Christ comes to Wayne from West Virginia University. She will take over her new role as Dean of the WSU Mike Ilitch Business School on July 11.

Virginia Franke Christ was elected as the next Dean of the Wayne State University Mike Ilitch Business School and completed a seven-month national survey. The Wayne State University Board of Directors has approved the appointment announced by Provost’s Mark Cornble. She begins on July 11, 2022 at Wayne State University.

Christ came to Dean from West Virginia University to be a graduate program, research and academic vice president of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, and a professor of management information systems. Her responsibilities include managing faculty research functions, including overseeing the Chambers College graduate program, responsibility for promotion and tenure processes, and developing and implementing strategies and plans to facilitate faculty research. included. Kleist teaches strategic technical management, data communications and network security.

WSU Provostmark Cornbull

“We had many excellent candidates in this highly coveted position, but Virginia’s extensive leadership experience and her preparations stood out,” said Washington State University’s academic affairs. Mark Cornble, Senior Vice President in charge, said. “She also has a track record of supporting faculty research, creating innovative programs, and increasing graduate and undergraduate enrollment. And perhaps most importantly, she is like us with limited resources. I am passionate about students, but I have a lot of grit. “

In her role at West Virginia University, Christ led the development and delivery of online graduate degrees for six new entrepreneurs, increasing graduate student enrollment by 77% between fall 2018 and fall 2021. She also has extensive international experience, including the director of Robins. Global Business and Strategy Center and China Business Center.

During her 23 years at the University of West Virginia, Christ has also held leadership positions, including the Chair of the College Senate, an 11-year member of the Senate Executive Committee, and the Chair of the Management Information Systems Division.

Previously, he was Director of the MBA / MoIS Dual Degree Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to becoming a scholar, he spent 10 years in the telecommunications network management industry at PNC, Allegheny Health Education and Research Foundation, Joy Technologies, and GTE (now Verizon).

She has won three Fulbright Specialist Awards and two awards in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk and Russia’s Ufa. Her research publications include her research on the economics of information technology, data security of information systems, and IT auditing issues. Christ received the West Virginia University Board of Excellence Education Award and the best dissertation award in her field. She has been awarded many externally funded grants.

She is a longtime member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), a track chair for the International Conference of Information Systems, a book review editor for the Journal of Global Information Technology Management, and a member of the AIS Special Interest. A group of security and accounting information systems.

She holds a PhD and Master’s degree from MIS, a Master’s degree in Economics from Pittsburgh University, an MBA from Marquette University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Duke University.

Christ is the successor to Robert Forsyth, who has been the Dean of the Faculty since 2014. Under Forsyth’s leadership, the school was renamed in 2015 in recognition of the historic $ 40 million gift from the Irich family. This allowed the school to build a state-of-the-art school. A new home in the Detroit district. Forsyth’s tenure also included the development of several new academic programs, including entrepreneurship and innovation, sports and entertainment management, student success and mentoring efforts. Forsyth remains Dean until Christ arrives.