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Arizona State researcher named dean of business

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Michael B. Mikhail

Michael B. Mikhail, director of the School of Accountancy at Arizona State‚ was appointed dean of the UIC College of Business Administration.

Michael B. Mikhail, who led an award-winning academic restructuring as director of the School of Accountancy at Arizona State University‚ was appointed dean of the UIC College of Business Administration.

He succeeds Michael Pagano, dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, who has been interim dean of Business Administration for the last two years.

As director of the School of Accountancy in Arizona State’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Mikhail implemented a mandatory freshman course in leadership, ethics, accountability and professionalism. The first-year retention rate for students participating in the program significantly exceeded the average retention rate for business students and the university overall.

The program was awarded the business school’s 2010 Huizingh Award for Classroom Innovation.

Mikhail, who holds the KPMG named professorship at ASU, is an expert on forecast accuracy and factors affecting the performance of security analysts and a Dean's Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar. He taught an accounting Ph.D. seminar in capital markets research and courses in financial accounting and taxes and business strategy.

He developed the school’s Accounting Scholars Program, an integrated five-year bachelor’s/master’s degree program for students pursuing careers in public accounting.

Mikhail joined the ASU faculty in 2006 after six years on the faculty at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and three years on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where he was the Theodore T. Miller career development assistant professor.

Mikhail received an undergraduate degree in computer science and a master's in accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned an MBA in accounting and finance and a doctoral degree in accounting from the University of Chicago.

The appointment is subject to approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its July meeting.


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