April 28, 2017

Matthew Rousu, professor and Warehime chair of the Department of Economics, will officially assume responsibilities as interim dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business on Monday, May 1.

He succeeds Marsha Kelliher, who was appointed president of Walsh College in Troy, Mich.

A Minnesota native, Rousu joined the business 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, 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 rigorous accreditation requirements set by the international Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

A prolific writer, Rousu’s opinion pieces have appeared in a number of national media outlets, and he is often approached by the media for comment in his areas of expertise. Most recently, he was featured in a USA Today article on college courses that cover topics in popular culture about his use of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton to teach economics principles.

“I look forward to continuing 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.”