January 24, 2017
Matthew Rousu, professor and Warehime chair of the Department of Economics at Susquehanna University, will become interim dean of the university's Sigmund Weis School of Business on May 1. He will replace Marsha Kelliher, who has been appointed president of Walsh College in Troy, Mich. There will be a national search for a successor to Kelliher, who has served as dean since 2013, beginning in the fall.
A Minnesota native, Rousu joined the Sigmund Weis School faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor of economics after serving for two years as a research consultant for Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina. A popular teacher, avid researcher and faculty representative on Susquehanna's board of trustees, Rousu was promoted to full professor and Warehime chair of the economic department, in part to mentor junior business school faculty on research. He also helped craft the business school's research guidelines for faculty members to help Susquehanna continue to meet the requirements set by the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The Sigmund Weis School of Business is one of only a handful of programs at undergraduate liberal arts colleges to be accredited by the AACSB. The accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by fewer than 5 percent of the world's business schools. Other AACSB schools include Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Also a prolific writer, Rousu's opinion pieces have appeared in a number of national media outlets. He is often approached by the media for comment in his areas of expertise.
"I'll have a little more than a year to continue the momentum that has been built under Dean Kelliher's leadership. So many things are moving in the right direction, including our recent AACSB reaccreditation," Rousu said. "Our faculty are doing good work with teaching, research and service. I want to do everything I can to support my colleagues."
Rousu said Susquehanna and the Sigmund Weis School have been a good fit, allowing him an opportunity to engage in service, as well as teaching and research. "Susquehanna values all these things. I enjoy being at a place that values scholarship and where I have an opportunity to craft the student experience both in terms of teaching and serving the university in other ways."
"We have no doubt that Matt will continue to move the Sigmund Weis School of Business forward, following on the heels of Dean Kelliher, whose tremendous vision and leadership took the very well-respected school and further advanced it," Susquehanna President L. Jay Lemons and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Linda McMillin said in a statement.