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Susquehanna Appoints New Business School Dean

July 26, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Alicia J. Jackson has joined Susquehanna University as dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business. James Brock, who has served as dean of the business school since 1996, will return to the classroom as professor of management after a fall 2007 sabbatical. He will spend the spring 2008 semester in China launching Susquehanna's new student exchange program with Macau University.

“Dr. Jackson's 24 years of combined experience in academia, business and government make her an excellent choice for this position,” says Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons. “Her educational philosophy fits well with the mission of Susquehanna's business school, helping students develop business skills, connections and experience within the context of a liberal arts education. As she has done at Tuskegee, she will also provide energetic, effective leadership in building relationships with diverse constituencies, including our students, faculty, alumni and the regional business community.”

Prior to her appointment at Susquehanna, Jackson served as dean of the College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She has led the College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee since 2000, having served the first four years in an interim capacity. Previously, she held the position of associate dean at this independent, historically black university. As dean, she provided visionary leadership for faculty, students and staff in the business college and led the effort to attain full accreditation status from AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She also advanced the academic mission of the business college by building corporate partnerships and securing significant grants and contracts from private and government sources.

Jackson says she believes in a holistic approach to higher education. “Competence in a discipline is just a small part of the ability to advance in a career. A person's whole being comes to bear on their work performance,” Jackson says. “I am, of course, interested in students' knowledge in such areas as accounting, finance, and management, but I also want to know if they can work well with other people. Do they have the ability to question, to identify the blanks that need to be filled in and then seek the answers to fill those blanks? Do they have an ethical understanding of how to treat people? These are the things I'm interested in teaching students because there is more to education than what is in a book.”

Jackson earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Knox College, Ill., and her M.B.A. in accounting from the University of Michigan. From 1975 to 1989, she worked in the accounting and financial fields beginning with Coopers & Lybrand, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. She returned to school in 1989, attending The University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Ph.D. in accounting. From 1995 to 1999, Jackson taught accounting as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University.

The Sigmund Weis School of Business is one of only a handful of programs at exclusively undergraduate liberal arts colleges to have earned accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International, a benchmark of quality for business programs. In addition to the Sigmund Weis School of Business, Susquehanna University also offers degree programs in its School of Natural and Social Sciences, and the School of Arts, Humanities and Communications.

Contact: Victoria Kidd


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