Daniel Wright, PhD, Appointed to Serve as Interim Dean Effective August 1

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VILLANOVA, PA, May 5, 2015 - Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, has announced Daniel Wright, PhD, the current Vice Dean of VSB, will serve as interim Dean effective August 1, 2015 as Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of VSB, transitions to Villanova University’s first Provost.

Dr. Wright has been a member of the VSB faculty since 2004 and served as the chairperson of the Management and Operations department from 2010 until 2013, when he became Vice Dean. As Vice Dean, Dr. Wright has managed VSB faculty and academic affairs by providing oversight and strategic vision on all matters related to faculty, academic programs and professional accreditation.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve as interim dean and I look forward to the opportunity of leading VSB’s talented group of faculty, staff and students,” said Wright.

“On behalf of the entire School of Business, we are delighted and appreciative that Dr. Wright has agreed to lead VSB. He has been an integral part of the momentum that we have created over the last several years at VSB and I have every confidence that his talents are suited for the position,” said Dean Maggitti. “Daniel’s experience as Vice Dean has prepared him well and VSB is poised to continue to thrive under his leadership.”

Dr. Wright brings a commitment to excellence in teaching and extensive experience supervising faculty, managing curricular and faculty processes, and a strong working knowledge of VSB and University policies and practices to this role. He also brings a strong portfolio of research, winning several prestigious awards and serving on the editorial board of the scholarly journal Decision Sciences

Dr. Wright earned his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, and his MBA and PhD from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. For Dr. Wright’s complete bio, please visit his faculty profile.

The Villanova School of Business (VSB) is ranked #24 in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek and has been at the forefront of business education since it was founded in 1922. Serving over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, VSB is home to six Centers of Excellence (the Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate, the Center for Business Analytics, the Center for Global Leadership, the Center for Marketing & Public Policy Research, the Center for the Study of Church Management & Business Ethics and the Center for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Center) with each center designed to foster innovative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities for business faculty. VSB is known for academic rigor; creativity and innovation; hands-on and service learning opportunities; a firm grounding in ethics; and an applied education that prepares students to become outstanding leaders and global citizens within the ever-changing, complex, and fast-paced world of business. For more, visit business.villanova.edu.


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