David A. Whidbee, associate dean for faculty affairs and research at
Washington State University's College of Business, has been named
interim dean of the college, effective May 12, replacing Eric R.
Spangenberg. Spangenberg has accepted a position as dean of the Paul
Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
"We appreciate Dean Spangenberg's leadership during his nine-year
tenure," said WSU Provost Dan Bernardo. "The college has made
significant advancements, but with this appointment, we are poised to
make even greater progress as Dr. Whidbee has played an important role
in the college's accomplishments and can keep that momentum going.
"Dr. Whidbee is a seasoned administrator with a deep knowledge of the
college, its faculty and the university," Bernardo added, "and this
appointment has the full support of President Floyd."
Beginning early next fall, Bernardo said WSU will conduct a national
search for the college's new dean by naming a search committee.
Whidbee, who holds the Omer L. Carey Chair n Financial Education, said
he appreciates the opportunity to serve as interim dean.
"I am excited about the college's future," Whidbee said. "We have had
great momentum, and I look forward to continuing to work with our
faculty, staff and students to advance our current programs and
initiatives while exploring new opportunities to maintain the college's
leadership position in on-campus and online business education."
Whidbee joined WSU in 1997 as an assistant professor of finance. He was
named associate dean for faculty affairs and research in July 2005. He
leads the college's efforts in accreditation reporting, undergraduate
business programs and associated student services, and faculty reviews
for tenure and promotion. He also serves on the college's Executive
Committee and participates in the college's fundraising activities.
Whidbee's research focuses on issues regarding commercial banking,
corporate governance and financial institutions. He holds a Ph.D. from
University of Georgia and earned his MBA and bachelor's degree at Auburn
About the College of Business
The WSU College of Business is accredited across all business
disciplines at the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral levels by the
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Faculty across
disciplines produce scholarly and applied research at the main campus in
Pullman, Wash., as well as at urban campuses located within Washington
state, including Vancouver and the Tri-Cities. International activities
include academic centers in China and Switzerland, as well as thriving
partnerships with several schools around the globe. Innovative online
programs supplement face-to-face offerings. For more information, visit http://www.business.wsu.edu.
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