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University names dean of business school

January 7, 2014
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University names dean of business school
Diana Lawson. Courtesy GVSU

After a national search, a local university has named the dean of its business school.

Grand Valley State University said Monday that Diana Lawson will be the dean of the Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids, beginning July 1.

Background

Lawson is a professor and dean of marketing at St. Cloud State University’s Herberger Business School in Minnesota.

Lawson received a bachelor’s degree in physical education/sports medicine from State University of New York at Cortland.

She earned two master’s degrees, one in physical education/exercise physiology and the other in business administration, from Kent State University, where she also earned a Ph.D. in marketing.

“Diana’s thorough familiarity with business college leadership and superior understanding of the complexities of universities were qualities that made her rise to the top,” said GVSU Provost Gayle Davis. “Her ease with people and her interest in community involvement will serve her well in her new role. She has the creativity and drive Grand Valley needs, as we push our academic programming forward to meet the needs of students and businesses in our state.”

Lawson said she’s “honored to be selected as the next dean of the Seidman College of Business.“

“I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to continue advancing the rigor and relevance of programs and enhancing the college’s capacity to serve as a leader in business education regionally, nationally and beyond,” Lawson added.

GVSU's Seidman College of Business serves more than 3,000 students and offers nine undergraduate and three graduate programs.

Deans

GVSU economics professor John Reifel will continue to serve as interim dean of the Seidman College of Business until Lawson begins her job.

Lawson will fill the role held by H. James Williams, who went on to the role of president at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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