Carroll University has named Hamid Akbari, Ph.D., as its dean of the School of Business. He will begin his role Jan. 27.
“Dr. Akbari brings to this role years of experience, not only as a dean, but as an engaged partner with business. Both the search committee and I are excited by his deep expertise, energy and creative thinking and know he will lead our School of Business to exceptional heights,” said Carroll President Cindy Gnadinger.
Carroll Provost Mark Blegen said: “Dr. Akbari is passionate about business education. His knowledge on accreditation and his gift of collaboration with external constituents will create wonderful opportunities for our students to immerse themselves in cutting-edge environments.”
Akbari said he was looking forward to joining Wisconsin’s first four-year institution of higher learning. “Carroll University is a pioneer university with a rich tradition, excellent academic standing, and an empowering and inclusive set of values. I am energized by the vision of Carroll University to transform the world for the better through the power of an experiential education. Under the leadership and support of President Gnadinger and Provost Blegen, I will join the faculty, staff, students, alumni and the entire Carroll community for transforming the School of Business into a model program in the world."
Akbari has served as the dean of College of Business and professor of management at Winona State University since April 2014. Under his leadership, the college was re-accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), and has been transformed into a branded college known for its Create Your More©
culture. Among other initiatives, he established The John Latsch Leadership Academy, which develops student leaders based on the principles of servant and community leadership. In Winona, Akbari served on many community boards, including as chair of the Winona Community Foundation.
Prior to Winona State, Akbari was the Audrey Reynolds Distinguished Teaching Professor of Management and College of Business Executive Director of Development and Community Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. At Northeastern, he also served as department chair and Faculty Senate chair. Akbari has taught MBA courses at the Stuart School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology and at Northern Illinois University.
He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business in 1988, and received his MBA and M.A. in political science from the University of Toledo.