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Provost Announcement: Michael B. Mikhail Named Dean of College of Business Administration

June 8, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Michael B. Mikhail, KPMG Professor and director of the School of Accountancy at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business, has accepted the position of dean of the College of Business Administration. The appointment is effective August 16, 2012, pending Board of Trustees approval.

Dr. Mikhail has served as director of the ASU School of Accountancy from 2008 to present. Under his leadership, the school restructured the freshman experience to increase retention and student success by introducing a mandatory course in Leadership, Ethics, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP). Freshmen participating in the LEAP program had a first-year retention rate that significantly exceeded average business student retention and the university's overall rate. The program was awarded the 2010 Huizingh Award for Classroom Innovation.  Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Mikhail also helped significantly enhance undergraduate programs for high-achieving students by increasing the number of honors sections and by developing the Accounting Scholars Program, an integrated five-year bachelors/masters degree program designed for students pursuing careers in public accounting.

Dr. Mikhail has published widely on forecast accuracy and factors affecting security analysts' performance. At ASU he was honored as a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar. In addition to his role as director of the accountancy school, he taught an accounting Ph.D. seminar in capital markets research and courses in financial accounting and taxes and business strategy.

Prior to joining ASU's faculty, Dr. Mikhail earned tenure at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and was Theodore T. Miller Career Development Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. Dr. Mikhail received his undergraduate degree in computer science and master's degree in accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his MBA in accounting and finance and his doctoral degree in accounting from the University of Chicago.

My sincere thanks go to the search committee, chaired by Peter Nelson, Dean of the College of Engineering, and to Michael Pagano, who has served as interim dean for nearly two years while also remaining dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

Sincerely,

Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost


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