Floridian named dean of UB business school John Hatfield succeeding Daniel Costello

April 19, 1996|By Timothy J. Mullaney | Timothy J. Mullaney,SUN STAFF

The University of Baltimore has tapped a management professor at a Florida business school to be the next dean of UB's Merrick School of Business, succeeding Daniel A. Costello, the dean of the local school since 1990.

John D. Hatfield will take over at UB on June 1, the school announced yesterday. The 52-year-old organizational behavior specialist comes to Baltimore from the University of Central Florida, where he has been since leaving the University of Georgia in 1990. He has also served as associate dean at UCF.

"I decided to apply to schools where teaching is of high quality, and one of the mid-Atlantic region's best-kept secrets is the University of Baltimore's teaching quality," Dr. Hatfield said. He said he also was attracted by the school's emphasis on information technology and its strong programs to involve the business community in the school's affairs.

Educated at Purdue, Georgia and Mercer University, Dr. Hatfield said he also wanted to move to a school with smaller classes than are offered at UCF, a fast-growing Orlando campus that has 26,000 students now and plans to have 45,000 by early in the next century.

"I'm teaching 850 students in two sections and I'm not sure that's quality education," he said. "Part of the quality of (x education a student receives is having a Ph.D. professor in the classroom challenging what the student says and being challenged."

Dr. Hatfield said he will continue to teach at UB, and may teach undergraduates as well as graduate students. UB said the new dean has received 14 teaching awards, including the University of Georgia's highest teaching prize.

He will live on Charles Street in North Baltimore, and he said his wife, Deborah Weider-Hatfield, will leave a teaching post on UCF's communications faculty in order to go to law school at UB.

"It's a new start for both of us, and we're very much looking forward to it," Dr. Hatfield said.

Deborah Ford, Merrick's associate dean and chair of the search committee that chose Dr. Hatfield, said the new dean was plucked from a field of 107 candidates.

"We decided we wanted someone from the academic world who understood the business world and had a lot of connections," Dr. Ford said. Dr. Hatfield stood out because of his experience as a consultant to such firms as IBM, Ford and Westinghouse, and because he had built strong ties between UCF's business school and the Walt Disney Co., a mainstay of Orlando's economy.

Dr. Costello announced his resignation late last year, saying he wanted to relocate near his wife, who has accepted a job as vice president of institutional advancement at Rice University in Houston, according to Dr. Ford.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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