Dear LeBow Community:
I am announcing revised portfolios in the Office of the Dean, the arrival of two new staff members and promotions or reassignments for several others, all of whom will play an important role in sustaining and strengthening our momentum toward becoming one of America’s leading business schools.
Dean’s Office Portfolio:
The death of Vice Dean Tom Hindelang requires a realignment of responsibilities in my office. While we continue to miss Tom in many ways big and small, we must reallocate responsibilities and move forward to sustain the momentum that Tom helped us create. I therefore am delighted to announce the following appointments, effective immediately:
Frank Linnehan is appointed vice dean. He is responsible for all faculty matters, AACSB accreditation and curriculum changes. Frank will coordinate with the associate deans and department heads regarding LeBow’s faculty hiring plan, he will implement a faculty development program, and he will oversee the faculty tenure and promotion process. In addition, Frank will direct the assessment of learning program, work with the faculty on curriculum changes and coordinate the activities all college committees, as dictated by the by-laws. Given his previous experience with the Sacramento initiative, Frank will also be responsible for programming and support of our LeBow Sacramento programs. Additionally, he will lead the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).
Paul Jensen is appointed associate dean for undergraduate programs, experiential education and executive education. His responsibilities include the administration of all undergraduate programs, including the General Business program, and all supporting operations, executive education, and the management of experiential and student-consulting projects for the College.
Donna DeCarolis is appointed associate dean for graduate programs. She is responsible for graduate programs and operations, the Executive MBA program, and corporate graduate degree programs. She is serving as interim head of the Management Department until a successor is identified. I will conduct a national search for a permanent department Head. Murugan Anandarajan is serving as assistant head of the Management Department during the search. I will assume Donna’s previous responsibilities regarding strategic plan implementation and oversight of the centers for corporate governance, strategic leadership, and corporate reputation management.
Vadake Narayanan is now associate dean for research and director of the Ph.D. program. In his new role VK will be responsible for the overall improvements in the research infrastructure of the college and will manage LeBow’s Center of Research Excellence.
Anna Chrulkiewicz is appointed chief operating officer and chief of staff. In her new role, Anna will be responsible for managing all human, capital and physical resources of the College, all operations, staff development, administration of all college policies and processes, systems and technology oversight, coordination of international residences and contract administration.
I am confident that this team will lead us on a path of continuing improvement and success.
Lee Hardin joins our Instructional Technical Services department to support online, hybrid, and executive education courses. He also will assist faculty as the university migrates from BbVista to Blackboard LEARN. Prior to coming to Drexel, Lee worked at Bristol Myers Squibb, Tyco Electronics, Kellogg’s, and Del Monte. Lee is also a 1st Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard with 11 years of unbroken service, developing and training Infantry and Armor soldiers in and out of classroom settings.
Anna Serefeas has joined us as director of business development for Corporate and Executive Education. This is a homecoming of sorts for Anna; from 2001-2007 she served as the senior associate director and then director of graduate admissions. Most recently, Anna served as director of MBA programs for New York College in Prague and Athens.
Carmita Champ has been promoted to associate director of graduate programs. Carmita joined Drexel LeBow in 2004 and has been the primary advisor for all part-time students, the largest MBA population. She earned her MS in higher education with a concentration in student affairs and development this past year. In her new capacity, Carmita will take on an expanded role in assessing graduate course demand and coordinating the galley planning process with the Dean’s Office. Carmita also will play an important part in developing administrative policies and processes and improving operational efficiencies.
Linzie Fukishima has been promoted to program manager for LeBow offerings at the Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies. In addition to earning her Drexel LeBow MBA as a member of the second California MBA class in August 2011, Linzie has become one of the University’s top administrative troubleshooters and graduate program recruiters. Associate Dean and Sacramento Interim Director Frank Linnehan appointed Linzie to monitor fiscal expenditures and revenue projections for Drexel’s California initiative.
George P. Tsetsekos, Ph.D.
R. John Chapel Jr. Dean