Kent State College of Business Administration Names Emmanuel Dechenaux, Ph.D. Interim Associate Dean for Administration

KENT, Ohio – Emmanuel Dechenaux, Ph.D., professor of economics and director of the Ph.D. program at Kent State University's College of Business Administration, has been named Interim Associate Dean for Administration effective January 6, 2020.


In this role, Dechenaux will take on broad responsibilities for personnel, quality assurance, and budgeting for the academic departments and the Career Services Office. Additionally, he will assist the Dean of the College with external outreach programs, including funding, development and accreditation.


“Dr. Dechenaux brings a valuable skillset to the college,” said Deborah F. Spake, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business Administration. “His leadership in planning and identifying trends will help elevate the college in programming and profile as we seek to increase rankings.”


Dechenaux earned Ph.D. and master’s degrees in economics from Purdue University; a master’s degree in financial markets and intermediaries from the University of Toulouse in France and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Grenoble in France. His research expertise includes industrial organization, experimental economics and microeconomic theory, with publications in top journals in those fields.


"I look forward to joining the Dean's Office to serve as interim Associate Dean for Administration,” Dechenaux said. “I look forward to contributing to the College in an impactful way that has positive returns for faculty, staff and students.”


Dechenaux will step into the role of Associate Dean following the retirement of Donald Williams, Ph.D., who served in many administrative positions at Kent State during his tenure, including economics department chair, Ph.D. in business program director, associate director for comparative and international programs, associate dean of the College of Business and dean of the Honors College.


Kent State College of Business Administration
Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.


The Kent State College of Business Administration ranks as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by Princeton Review. The College is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


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POSTED: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:36pm