April 19, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:00 pm

New UNH biz-school dean to help elevate program

University of New Haven's College of Business hired as its dean a George Washington University professor and authority on strategic management, business policy and organizational dynamics who can help the business school win accreditation, authorities say.

Elizabeth B. Davis, chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication at George Washington University, has been appointed dean of UNH's College of Business, starting on or about Aug. 1, authorities said Thursday.

In 12 years at George Washington, Davis also has served as an associate professor and program director of organizational sciences, as well as director of The George Washington University Women's Leadership Institute.

Previously, Davis taught at St. Joseph's University School of Business in Philadelphia, where she was chairperson of the management and information systems department. While at St. Joseph's, she successfully led her department through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business accreditation process.

UNH's business school lacks AACSB accreditation, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

Prior to academia, Davis worked in the health care industry for a number of years. She began as a researcher at Duke University Medical School and rose to become managing director of the National Disease Research Interchange, a biomedical research and technology firm in Philadelphia.

She also has been a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and has worked for and consulted with the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital.

Davis earned her bachelor's degree from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in systems sciences from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

She has published numerous articles on strategic management, stakeholder issues, organizational dynamics and ethics.

She is active in the Academy of Management, is president of the Eastern Academy of Management, and has served as a board member of the Northeast Business and Economics Association.

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