The 2011–12 academic year ushered in new leadership for three of Wright State’s most prominent colleges.
Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., professor and founding chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, was named dean of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.
Bowman succeeds Howard Part, M.D., who stepped down after 14 years as dean to resume his teaching career as a full-time faculty member in the medical school.
Bowman was the director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center of Public Health Initiatives. She was also the first woman chair of a clinical department in Penn’s School of Medicine and a founder of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
“I was attracted to Boonshoft because it is a school truly birthed of and for its community,” said Bowman. “Such a magnificent spirit of both innovation and inquiry will serve the school well into the future, and I am honored to take the helm at such an exciting time in Boonshoft’s history.”
Joanne Li, professor and chair of the Department of Finance at Towson University in Maryland, joined Wright State University as dean of the Raj Soin College of Business.
Li was hired to the post after Berkwood Farmer stepped aside following 11 years of service to the college with plans to return in 2013 to teach economics.
Li has a Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University and is a recognized scholar in the fields of corporate governance and international finance.
Li spearheaded the creation of a soon-to-open T. Rowe Price Finance Laboratory at Towson University and planned an international joint finance concentration with Shanghai Finance University in China.
Li believes in leading a business school that emphasizes analytical skills, financial modeling, and curious minds that can become passionate about the social and economic welfare of the community through rigorous academic training.
“Striving for academic excellence, we cultivate a forward-thinking environment for students to grow professionally with an emphasis in ethical behavior and a curriculum that is responsive to the demand of the market,” Li says. “Upon graduation, our students will be expected to be model corporate citizens who bring common good to the global business environment.”
College of Liberal Arts Associate Dean Linda Caron, Ph.D., was named to an interim position. After former Dean Charles Taylor retired, she agreed to serve as interim dean of the college during the search for his permanent replacement.
“When students finish a liberal arts major, minor, or certificate, they are accomplished researchers, good writers, creative problem solvers, and able to understand our complex and diverse international world. They understand the difference between good and misleading information, and can use the data they discover to make sound, ethical decisions,” said Caron. “These are skills that are useful every day, and exactly the skills employers say they seek. I am proud to be part of our college and look forward to doing everything I can to advance the mission of COLA’s faculty, staff, and students.”
Caron began her career at Wright State University in 1988. As an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History, she taught a large variety of classes. Caron was promoted to chair of the department in 1993, a position she held for over 15 years before her promotion to associate dean, and now interim dean.