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CUPPA dean steps in as interim head of business

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Michael Pagano

Interim College of Business dean Michael Pagano: "Even in these trying fiscal times, the college has persisted on a trajectory of growth that I anticipate sustaining."

Michael Pagano, dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, will take on another role: interim dean of the College of Business Administration effective July 26, pending Board of Trustees approval.

Pagano, professor in the department of public administration, is an expert on infrastructure and municipal finance.

The appointment follows the departure of Stefanie Lenway to become dean of the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University after five years as dean at UIC.

"I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to lead the College of Business Administration and continue the ideals of Stefanie Lenway," Pagano said.

"Even in these trying fiscal times, the college has persisted on a trajectory of growth that I anticipate sustaining as we embark on a search for a permanent dean.

"Stefanie's commitment, energy and vision have strengthened the college's standing in the community and status as a strong research-driven business school with a commitment to quality education.

"I am eager to further this progress in the areas of curriculum, scholarship, facilities and centers of excellence. I look forward to working with another college at UIC that is committed to increasing the impact of the university's urban mission."

Pagano was named dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs in 2008 after becoming interim dean in 2007.

He joined UIC in 2001 as professor and director of the graduate program in public administration. Before that, he was professor of political science at Miami University for more than 20 years.

He was principal investigator on the five-year Pew Charitable Trusts Government Performance Project, which graded the states on infrastructure management.

He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, co-editor of a journal on urban issues called Urban Affairs Review and a faculty fellow of UIC's Great Cities Institute.

He is the author of four books and more than 80 articles for scholarly journals on urban finance, capital budgeting, federalism, transportation policy, infrastructure, urban development and fiscal policy. He has presented his research in the U.S., Europe and Africa.

He serves on a variety of boards and professional organizations, including the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Metropolitan Planning Council, Voices for Illinois Children and the Urban Land Institute.

Pagano earned his doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin after receiving a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University.


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