About Dean Miciak


Dr. Alan R. Miciak joined Duquesne University as dean of the Palumbo and Donahue School of Business in 2005. One of Dean Miciak's key initiatives has been to continue our successful collaborative efforts - both within the University and between the School of Business and the corporate community. Another priority of his deanship has been his focus on innovative programs including the introduction of the MBA-Sustainable Enterprise.

Dean Miciak walking with a student

By expanding the School's faculty, increasing its innovative research, and recruiting top students, he continues the tradition of academic excellence that has been a hallmark of the School since 1913. 

Dean Miciak has been a Board member of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh since 2007 and recently named of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury & Risk for the introduction of the MBA Sustainable program.

Dean Miciak came to Duquesne University from two of Canada's leading business schools. He joined the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary's University in Nova Scotia, Canada, as dean in 2002. Under his leadership, the Sobey School established three externally funded chairs and professorships, introduced a new brand identity and, in the spring of 2004, successfully achieved accreditation by AACSB International. Previously, Dean Miciak was a faculty member at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, where he also served as director of the Executive MBA Program.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Graduate School of Management at Kent State University, with a focus on marketing and international business. Dean Miciak's research interests include brand management, service quality measurement, and business-to-business marketing. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Advertising. Dean Miciak's corporate experience includes national account management at Unisys Corporation, product management at Rubbermaid and as a principal consultant for Service Quality Measurement Group. As a teacher, author and consultant, he specializes in marketing management and customer service issues.

The Dean's Perspective

Dean Miciak recognizes the importance of integrating the School's research agenda and academic programs with the economic priorities of Pittsburgh's dynamic business community. Not only is Pittsburgh a vital corporate center, but it has a growing commitment to sustainable business practices in the manufacturing, material science, financial services, and health care sectors. Through the development of strategic partnerships, he plans to pursue targeted research projects that focus on the region's economic priorities and add tangible value to the business and academic sectors.