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New School of Business executive dean appointed

July 22, 2009

Amy Hillman, a nationally renowned professor of management and extremely popular teacher at Arizona State University, was recently named the new executive dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. Hillman will become second-in-command at the school, working under the leadership of Dean Robert Mittelstaedt, who has helped drive W. P. Carey into the Top 30 rankings for both graduate and undergraduate business schools in the United States.

Hillman will continue to serve as both the Jerry and Mary Ann Chapman Professor of Management and the Management Department chair at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Her research about the links between firms and their external contingencies, boards of directors, and corporate political strategies is well known, with recent work featured in USA Today, The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.

Hillman is editor of the world’s top management journal in terms of citation impact, Academy of Management Review, and she serves on the editorial boards of two other top management journals. She has won numerous national awards as an outstanding reviewer and researcher. Students and colleagues consider her to be an exceptional teacher, having honored her with two Outstanding Professor Awards, two Outstanding Teaching Awards and a Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar designation. She was also voted one of the most popular professors in BusinessWeek’s rankings of MBA faculty in 1998.

“I feel like one of my biggest accomplishments has been helping to shape the critical thinking of so many students over the years,” says Hillman. “In my new position, I want to focus on working with faculty and students to help the W. P. Carey School of Business become an even more top-of-mind business school, in regard to both teaching and research prominence.”

With a background as a general manager of a small retail and manufacturing business, Hillman also recently played a key role in advancing the Spirit of Enterprise Center at the W. P. Carey School of Business, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies access to student team consulting projects, which provide the firms with valuable work and the students with hands-on business experience.

Hillman previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, Michigan State University, Johannes Kepler University in Austria, Texas A&M University and Trinity University. She has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, where she was recently named Outstanding Doctoral Alumni.

In her new position, Hillman replaces Philip Regier, who is being promoted to executive vice provost and dean of Arizona State University Online and Extended Education. He will be responsible for all of ASU’s Web-based and off-campus classroom-based academic programs.