Date: May 21, 2008
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, IL, May 21, 2008 – Governors State University announced the appointment of Dr. Ellen Foster Curtis as dean of the university’s College of Business and Public Administration today. The appointment will become effective July 1.
Curtis most recently served as Academic Division Head for the Management Division at the Penn State Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. In that position, she led in the university’s accreditation from The Association for the
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Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business administration and accounting.
“Dr. Curtis will build on the college’s already strong foundation,” said Governors State University Provost Jane Hudak. “She will also look to strengthen existing programs and seek increased opportunities through new community partnerships.”
Additional academic experience includes faculty positions at Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration and the College of Management at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she served concurrently as Associate Professor of Management and Director of Graduate Programs. Prior to joining Penn State, Curtis was a performance consultant specializing in management and leadership development for the Financial Services, Operations, and Systems Division of Merrill Lynch.
Curtis has authored numerous scholarly articles and conference presentations on a wide range of transportation policy, diversity, business ethics, and labor relations issues. Her work has appeared in publications including Journal of Business Ethics, Transportation Journal, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Health Administration Education, Journal of Professional Services Marketing, and Transportation Quarterly. Her work on the ethical issues surrounding the Challenger disaster has been reprinted in several books and journals.
Curtis earned her bachelor’s degree in French and Germanic Studies from Indiana University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree, graduating Beta Gamma Sigma, and a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
Provost Hudak noted that Curtis’ record of scholarship, university teaching, professional service, and her overall academic achievement led to her selection.
“Dr. Curtis comes to GSU with a background rich in both education and real-world experience. She embodies the spirit and determination needed to successfully lead the College of Business and Public Administration,” added Hudak.