University of Baltimore chooses new business dean

McCarthy founded center at Colorado State U.

May 03, 2002|By Liz Steinberg | Liz Steinberg,SUN STAFF

The University of Baltimore named Anne M. McCarthy yesterday as head of its Merrick School of Business, making her the first female dean in the business school's 77-year history.

McCarthy will start her job next month, succeeding Daniel A. Gerlowski, the interim dean, who will return to his prior position as associate dean. Gerlowski replaced John Hatfield last summer when Hatfield became executive vice president and provost of the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

McCarthy is an associate professor of management and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial and Family Enterprises, which she founded in 1999, at Colorado State University.

"Being a center director has prepared me very well to be a dean," said McCarthy, 43. Her responsibilities included creating courses, administration and curriculum planning, she said.

"Unlike most associate deans or department chairs, which is the traditional route [to become a school dean], I've had to do a lot of community relations and community work," McCarthy said.

The university selected the Chicago native from 61 eligible applicants for her leadership, networking skills and academic knowledge, said Joel N. Morse, professor of financial economics and chairman of the 18-member Dean's Search Committee.

"I think she's going to put us on the map," said Morse, who described McCarthy as a hard worker. "The ability to build and sustain networks is what I think will give her the ability to be a great dean here."

The final decision to hire McCarthy was made by UB's incoming president, Robert L. Bogomolny, and H. Mebane Turner, who will retire in July after 32 years as president of the school.

McCarthy "seems to have a lot of potential and a lot of presence. ... She's already proven herself in the jobs that she's had," Turner said.

McCarthy said she planned to fly to Baltimore today to meet with faculty members and hunt for a house in Bolton Hill. McCarthy lived in Washington for five years while earning her bachelor's degree at Georgetown University. She received her doctorate in strategic management from Purdue University and a master's of business administration from the University of Connecticut.

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