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Duquesne Business Schools Name Associate Deans, MBA Director

Three appointments have been announced by Duquesne University’s A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration and John F. Donohue Graduate School of Business.

Dr. William E. Spangler has been named associate dean of academic affairs and research in the schools of business. Dr. Lance B. Kurke has been selected as academic director of the MBA program. Dr. Thomas A. Pollack has been appointed associate dean of academic support and accreditation.

Spangler, an associate professor of information systems management, now oversees academic programs, with emphasis on the undergraduate business core curriculum. He also will develop and implement research support programs for the faculty. Before joining Duquesne in 2000, Spangler served on the faculty of West Virginia University and had worked in private industry. He earned his doctorate from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, his MBA from the University of Hawaii and his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida.

Kurke, associate professor of management in the John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business at Duquesne and an adjunct at Carnegie Mellon’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, has academic oversight of the MBA program, including its evening and satellite sections. At Duquesne, Kurke has served as chair of the Leadership and Change Management Division and chair of the Behavioral Division. He previously taught at CMU’s Tepper Graduate School of Industrial Administration and the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University. Kurke received his MBA and doctorate degrees from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and his bachelor’s degree from Stetson University.

Pollack, who was associate dean of undergraduates in the School of Business, is responsible for administrative, academic and technological support for graduate and undergraduate business programs.  A specialist in information systems management, information ethics and security, Pollack received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State, his master’s from Duquesne and his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

The appointments became effective July 1.

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