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Hult, Booth named associate deans

Publish Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2008

EAST LANSING, Mich., Sept. 23, 2008 - Elvin Lashbrooke, interim dean of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, announced that two current faculty members have been named to leadership positions in the school. G. Geoffrey Booth, the Frederick S. Addy Distinguished Chair in Finance and chair of the Finance Department, and Tomas Hult, director of MSU-CIBER, (International Business Center) and executive director of the Academy of International Business (AIB), have been named acting associate deans, effective immediately.

Booth will be acting associate dean of Academic Affairs and Research, which includes responsibilities for the undergraduate and doctoral programs, research programs and research centers, as well as the faculty recruiting process. Associate Dean Cheri Speier will continue to oversee MBA Programs; Charles J. Hadlock , the A.J. Pasant Professor of Finance, will become associate chair of the Finance Department to support Booth's administrative duties there.

Before joining the Broad School in 1988, Booth taught at the University of Rhode Island, Syracuse University and, most recently, Louisiana State University. He is an active researcher, having published more than 100 journal articles, monographs and professional papers. Booth serves on several journal editorial boards and has been the president of the Multinational Finance Association and the Eastern Finance Association.

Hult, professor of Marketing, International Business and Strategic Management, has been named associate dean for Global Initiatives. Hult will continue in his current roles, but will lead all global initiatives for the Broad School and will support Michigan State University's world-grant initiatives, including the further development of centers of research excellence abroad; exchange programs with scholars, speakers and researchers; partnerships with other global business schools; global conferences, both on and off campus; and technology-based international education and research offerings.

A dual citizen of Sweden and the U.S., Hult has been in America since 1987 and at Michigan State University since January 2001. He has published widely in marketing, strategy and supply chain management in top journals, and he is currently editor-elect (2009-12) for the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS). He was also recently elected to the five-member AIBER Board representing all 31 Centers for International Business Education and Research funded by the U.S. Department of Education.