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Palumbo-Donahue School Dean Appointed to New Term

Dr. Alan R. Miciak has been appointed to an additional three-year term as dean of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University.
“I am grateful to the president and the provost for their continued support during my first term as dean,” said Miciak, who was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” in 2008 by Treasury & Risk Magazine. “I am also thankful to the faculty, staff and alumni for all of their contributions to advancing the school and in assisting me.”
Miciak first joined the University in August 2005, when he was named dean of the Palumbo-Donahue School. He had previously served as dean of the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
“With Dr. Miciak’s leadership, the Palumbo-Donahue has strengthened its commitment to scholarship, its emphasis on ethics and its links to the business community. He has also made our business school a world leader in sustainability,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president.
Under Miciak’s direction, the Palumbo-Donahue School has strengthened its relationship with numerous organizations in the region.
“Pittsburgh is a wonderful city and a great place to be dean of a business school,” said Miciak. “There are many great organizations and companies here, and we rely on our relationships with them to bridge the connection between the academic and business world.”
Additionally, the school has increased its scholarship, earned numerous accolades and distinctions, and further elevated the undergraduate and graduate school’s reputations for excellence
In January, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) reaffirmed the accreditation of the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business through 2012-2013. Less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education. The AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting.
Other notable successes the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business has achieved under Miciak include:

  • The Donahue Graduate School of Business was listed for the third consecutive year in the 2009 edition of The Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools.
  • Dollars donated to the business school have increased by 137 percent since 2005, and the number of business school donors has increased by 81 percent.
  • The MBA program was ranked first in the world among schools of its size and eighth overall by The Aspen Institute for its emphasis on social and environmental issues.
  • Duquesne ranked highest in ethical business education—along with Georgetown and Notre Dame—in a recent survey of graduate business schools conducted by the Academy of Management Learning and Education, an interdisciplinary management journal.
  • The Donahue Graduate School of Business received the prestigious Page Prize for the best United States submission of an environmental sustainability curriculum. The Page Prize, a project of the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, is designed to encourage efforts to expose business students to state-of-the-art environmental sustainability knowledge.
  • The Palumbo-Donahue School is among the first 100 endorsers of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, a United Nations-backed initiative promoting environmental stewardship, human rights and fair trade practices in business education.

Works by Miciak have been published in the Journal of General Management, the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing and the International Journal of Advertising. He has a Ph.D. in marketing and international business and a B.S.B.A. from Kent State University, and an MBA from the University of Toledo.

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