The University of Louisville has named a William & Mary dean and marketing professor as its new dean of the College of Business.
The appointment of Todd Mooradian is subject to approval by the university’s board of trustees. He would be the college’s first dean since April 2014. Two interim deans have served since then.
Mooradian is the associate dean for faculty and academic affairs and the William J. Fields Professor of Business at the College of William & Mary Mason School of Business Administration in Williamsburg, Va. He holds a doctorate in marketing from the University of Massachusetts, an MBA from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of New Hampshire. He has served at William & Mary since 1990.
UofL described Mooradian as “an expert in services marketing, cross-cultural marketing and international marketing strategy, and much of his research focuses on the psychology behind consumer behavior and customer satisfaction.”
“Dr. Mooradian is respected and admired as a teacher, has an extensive background in research and boasts an exemplary service record,” said UofL’s Acting Provost Dale Billingsley.
Mooradian said in a press release that the more he learned about the college, the university and the city, the more compelling he found the opportunity.
“Then I came to Louisville and met the people — the faculty and staff, the partners and board members, and especially the students — I was bowled over,” Mooradian said “This is a great place with a compelling mission, extraordinary people, and a very bright future.”
Mooradian would succeed Alan Attaway, a professor of accountancy who is on this third assignment as business school dean. Attaway has served as the college’s interim dean since this summer, when former Interim Dean Rohan Christie-David left to become dean of the University of Colorado-Denver business school, where he also serves as a professor of finance.
UofL in January had named four finalists for the position of dean of its College of Business, but that list excluded Christie-David. However, the university’s chosen dean, Timothy Judge, associate dean at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, in May decided instead to become the Joseph A. Alutto Chair in Leadership Effectiveness at Ohio State University.
Christie-David had served as interim dean of UofL’s College of Business since April 2014, when, after less than a year on the job, Dean Carolyn M. Callahan stepped down following a contentious faculty meeting. UofL officials said she stepped down to take personal leave. Callahan, who previously served as director of the University of Memphis School of Accountancy, was hailed in 2013 as the first female and African-American to serve as the school’s dean. Upon resigning as dean, she was named provost and is now listed on UofL’s website as the Brown-Forman Endowed Chair and professor of accounting.
Mooradian’s appointment comes at a time of upheaval at UofL’s highest levels. The university on Saturday confirmed that acting president Neville Pinto would be leaving his position in February to take the role of president at the University of Cincinnati, where he had spent 26 years of his academic career.
Pinto had succeeded former UofL President James Ramsay, who resigned in July amid numerous controversies, including an FBI investigation into alleged misuse of funds by high-ranking university officials, and Gov. Matt Bevin issuing executive orders to abolish and recreate the university’s board of trustees. A judge ruled that Bevin overstepped his authority. Bevin is appealing the decision.
Mooradian is slated to begin his new job on March 1. UofL told IL that it did not know when the confirmation would happen, though it seemed to be only a formality. Two other deans, in dentistry and social work, are at UofL already but have not yet been approved by the board.
Beyond those three, UofL has interim deans at the schools of law and engineering, seven deans at the other colleges, a dean of students and a dean of libraries.