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Susquehanna Appoints New Business School Dean

Published on June 5, 2013

Marsha Kelliher, J.D., LL.M., has joined Susquehanna University as dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business. She succeeds Alicia Jackson, who has led the business school since 2007, and will assume her new duties on Aug. 1.Marsha Kelliher

Kelliher has served as dean of the School of Management and Business at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, since 2004. Under her leadership, a Global Business and Societal Responsibility Institute was created to engage students and faculty in global consulting, service learning and volunteer projects. In addition to the courses offered through the institute, the school provides a minimum of four courses each year for undergraduate students that include a one-week to 10-day trip abroad. These faculty-led programs are designed to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds gain the confidence needed to pursue longer-term, study-abroad opportunities.

“Dean Kelliher’s commitment to providing a global perspective to students makes her an excellent fit for this position,” said Susquehanna University President L. Jay Lemons in announcing the appointment. “She has championed the expansion of global educational opportunities for students through both short-term and semester-long programs, and has supported global research opportunities for faculty, creating mechanisms for collaboration and interaction with colleagues in other countries.”

“Susquehanna University is a vibrant campus and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the university’s leadership team, the school’s faculty and students, and other stakeholders to further the traditions on which the university and school of business have built their reputations,” Kelliher said.

A graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in personnel management with a concentration in labor relations, Kelliher earned her juris doctorate degree from South Texas College of Law and an LL.M. in labor and employment law from the University of San Diego. She is a successful labor and employment law arbitrator.

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 and economics programs. In addition to the Sigmund Weis School of Business, Susquehanna University also offers degree programs in its School of Arts and Sciences.

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