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Queens welcomes new deans to the McColl School and Knight School

04/03/12 -  

Queens welcomes Dr. Ronald Shiffler as  Dean of the McColl School of Business, and Dr. Eric Freedman as Dean of the Knight School of Communication, both appointments effective this summer.

"We are truly excited to have Drs. Shiffler and Freedman assume these critical leadership roles," said Dr. Abiodun "G-P" Goke-Pariola, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  "They each bring an outstanding blend of academic and professional experience, as well as distinguished records of partnerships and engagement with their communities. Coming aboard as we refine our goals and map out strategies for the Queens 2017 Plan, the timing of their arrival is quite fortuitous. They both will take over from deans who have helped position us beautifully for the future."   

Dr. Shiffler is Dean of the College of Business Administration and Interim Dean of the College of Information Technology at Georgia Southern University.  He previously was Dean of the College of Business at Western Carolina University. He earned a bachelor's degree from UNC Greensboro, a master's from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida.  He has written two textbooks and published numerous scholarly articles.

Dr. Shiffler's teaching experience includes assignments in an MBA program in Hong Kong and at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, as well as faculty positions at Georgia State University and the University of Louisville where he served as Chair of the Department of Management in the College of Business and Public Administration.

Dr. Shiffler has been active with AACSB, the international accrediting agency for business schools.  He has served on the organization's initial accreditation committee, on the accreditation quality committee, and on over two dozen peer review teams in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Freedman is Assistant Dean of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).  There he has also served as Associate Director of its School of Communication and Multimedia Studies.

At FAU, Dr. Freedman secured several significant public-private partnerships, and has engaged local business and municipal leaders with the educational mission of the university. A published and nationally respected scholar, he has experience not only as a media artist, but also as an active public access producer engaged with community media practices in local communities. 

Prior to joining FAU, Dr. Freedman was an Assistant Professor at Duke University where he served as the founding director of the Duke in Los Angeles Program.  He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

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