Scott fills interim role as HEB school’s dean

By Stephanie Sendejo


As interim dean of the HEB School of Business and Administration, Dr. Jeannie Scott has had to leave the classroom this fall to become a full-time administrator.

Dr. Jeannie Scott
Dr. Jeannie Scott

Scott, formerly assistant dean, has been HEB’s leader since the former dean, Dr. Shawn Daly, left to become the dean of the business school at Niagara (N.Y.) University.

As HEB’s assistant dean the past four years and a teacher through the summer, Scott said she got “the best of both worlds. (I got) to be a part of the administration and work with the faculty and the students, help solve problems and help with the curriculum, and I was still in the classroom, which I really like too.”

Scott started at the university as a teacher, slowly gained more responsibilities and enjoyed the different challenges involved. This has allowed her to become the professional liaison with the outside community, internship director, MBA director and assistant dean.

“I like helping people achieve their personal goals and I like the classroom,” she said.

MeanwhiIe, the new provost, Dr. Kathi Light, said it may be January or June 2013 before a permanent dean is named.

She’s assembled a search committee made up of faculty and people from the wider community to find possible applicants. The provost is looking for someone who has a doctorate in business or a field related to business, teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate levels, done research in the business area such as publishing and presenting, been active in the business community in some way, appreciates UIW’s vision and mission and understands who UIW students are.

After the committee narrows down the applicants, the finalists are invited to the university for about two days to meet the UIW community and be evaluated for the committee, provost and the president, Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.

“This process is set up so that there’s input from the committee,” Light said. “We try to make sure we’re selecting someone who understands and appreciates who we are and wants to work at a faith-based institution, which we call sort of an intangible institutional fit.”


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