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Announcement of Interim Dean of the Williams College of Business


On behalf of President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and Dr. Scott A. Chadwick, soon to be Xavier's new
Provost and Chief Academic Officer, it is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Stafford Johnson, Professor of
Finance, will serve as Interim Dean of the Williams College of Business, effective July 1, 2011. As many of
you know, Staff is a long-time member of the College and Xavier community, renowned for his
scholarship, teaching, and service. As many of us know, he is dedicated to the mission of the College and
the University.

At this time, we would like to thank the many individuals who submitted names of colleagues to be
considered for the temporary position. After careful review of all nominations, four persons from the WCB
were interviewed by Scott and myself. After consultation, we agreed to name Staff as our interim Dean.
It is gratifying that we have so many individuals worthy for consideration. As announced earlier, in the
fall Xavier will be launching a national search for a permanent dean.

As we know, the Williams College of Business is in an enviable position. Championed by a strong faculty,
the College is led by Dr. Hema Krishnan, associate dean, Jennifer Bush, assistant dean of graduate
programs, Cynthia Stockwell, assistant dean of undergraduate programs, department chairs, and
directors of the centers, among others.

I am confident that you join the President, Scott, and me in assuring Staff that he will have our full
support in continuing to build on the rich heritage of the College.

Roger Fortin
Academic Vice President and Provost