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. Download Full Image

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.

ASU mourns emeritus professor Jack Pfister

July 22, 2009

Jack Pfister was a native Arizonan, a lawyer, water advocate, teacher and early environmentalist. And the words most often associated with Pfister are “gentleman,” “true leader” and “a good man.”

Pfister, who died July 20 at the age of 75, served as general manager of Salt River Project from 1976 to 1991. Both before and after he retired from SRP, he had a significant role in the development of ASU. Download Full Image

He was a member of the Board of Regents, guided ASU Research Park in its beginning years, taught in the School of Public Affairs, and served as vice president for Institutional Advancement.

Lattie Coor, president of ASU from 1990 to 2002, said, “As a Regent, Jack championed the University's emergence as a major research university and played an active role in the development of the ASU West campus, and the establishment of ASU Polytechnic and the ASU Downtown Center.

“He served as chairman of the board of the ASU Research Park during its critical and very difficult years as it moved from concept to a viable and fully functioning entity. As vice president for Institutional Advancement, he helped bring the University's major capital campaign to a successful conclusion and strengthened our external relations program.”

After serving in the administration, Pfister “completed his formal years of service to the University as an active member of the faculty of the School of Public Affairs, teaching, writing, and collaborating with his colleagues there, as well as serving as the School's representative to the ASU Faculty Senate,” Coor added.

“All the while, he continued to serve on a variety of community and business organizations, bringing a valuable perspective from the University as he did so. ASU has been greatly enriched by Jack Pfister's lifetime of service.”

Arizona Board of Regents President Ernest Calderon said, “With Jack’s death, we have lost a family member and a good friend. He will be greatly missed by all.

“His support for the university system was unwavering. For decades, Jack was there to lend support and provide guidance. As a former Regent, he significantly contributed to the enhancement of our university system, working to make a university education affordable and accessible for all.

“Over the past five years, Jack provided the Board of Regents with informal advice on matters ranging from redesign to affordability and accessibility. This past year, he provided staunch support as we struggled to provide a quality education to our students as we dealt with the budget situation. His post-Regent service to our system is one of the most robust of any former Regent.”

Pfister was born in Prescott in 1933 and graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in engineering and law. He worked for Jennings, Strauss, and Salmon, a Phoenix law firm that represented SRP, before joining SRP.

During the 1960s, as a lawyer for Jennings, Strauss, and Salmon, he was involved with the fight to obtain authorization for the construction of the Central Arizona Project.

Pfister will be greatly missed by the state of Arizona, and its university system. Calder?n said, “At a later date, I will be asking Arizona State University to take a leadership role in permanently remembering Jack’s legacy of service.”

Services for Jack Pfister will be held at 2 p.m., July 25, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix. A reception will follow at the theater.

Lisa Robbins

Editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications