|Georgia Educator Named New Dean of U of M's Fogelman College of Business
For release: May 14, 2007
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Dr. Shirley C. Raines, president of the University of Memphis, has announced that Dr. Rajiv Grover has been named dean of the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University and Chair of Excellence in Sales and Marketing, replacing Dr. John J. Pepin, who will retire in June.
In making the announcement Raines referred to the progress made at the business college under Pepin’s deanship from 1999 to 2007. “Building on the momentum created by Dean Pepin and the excellent foundation of the faculty, I am excited to have Rajiv Grover assume the deanship of the Fogelman College.”
Grover comes to the University of Memphis from the University of Georgia, where he is the head of the Marketing Department and holds the Terry Chair of Marketing in the Terry College of Business. He has also taught at the University of Pittsburgh and has served as senior VP of marketing and business development in a Silicon Valley high-tech start-up company.
Of his appointment, Grover said, “The University of Memphis is perhaps the only public university in the country that has such a thriving business community in a major metropolitan area. There is great potential for bringing the Fogelman College of Business and Economics closer to the business community.”
Grover added that in his philosophy of running a business college, the business community is the college’s customer, the students and the knowledge imparted are the college’s products, and the faculty and staff are manufacturers of the products. Further, he said if customer satisfaction through excellent products is the ultimate goal of any organization, then the goal of a business college is the satisfaction of the business community with the students and knowledge imparted by that college.
“The position of the Fogelman College is all the more attractive because of the will of the University’s president and provost and the local business community to put the College on the map, and because of Dean Pepin’s leadership for the past seven years to accomplish that task . Their support and desire, along with the skills and attitude of the faculty, will not only allow us to satisfy the business community, but also lead them to launch more enterprises here in Memphis.”
Grover will assume his duties officially August 1.
The Fogelman College of Business and Economics is a key component of the University of Memphis, with approximately 2,625 undergraduates and 442 graduate students enrolled in undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The College comprises such entities as the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management, the Willard Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research & Center for Manpower Studies, the Center for Supply Chain Management, and the Robert Wang Center for International Business (one of only 30 such designated centers in the United States). The College awards the largest number of MBA degrees in Tennessee and is among 10 percent of business colleges in the nation at which all academic programs are accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business International.
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