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Dr. Sarah Fisher Gardial announced as new dean of business school

After 16 years, Belmont has a new face for its business school.

Belmont announced on Wednesday the hiring of Dr. Sarah Fisher Gardial as the new Dean of the Jack C. Massey College of Business.

Gardial is taking over the position of former Dean Patrick Raines who retired at the end of July.

Currently, Gardial serves as Dean of the College of Business at the University of Iowa, and will begin her position at Belmont on Mar. 1.

“Dr. Gardial’s extensive background and experience will help create wonderful new opportunities for our students and faculty — both on campus and in the business community,” said University Provost Dr. Thomans Burns in a press release.

Gardial brings more than 30 years of experience and recognition to the program. The University of Tennessee recognized her for outstanding teaching on four separate occasions. Additionally, Gardial was the recipient of the Prometheus Leadership Award in 2012.

Gardial received both a Bachelor of Science in marketing and Master of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas and her Ph.D in marketing from the University of Houston.

Her responsibilities will consist of leading the faculty of the Massey College of Business while supporting the work of the Center for International Business, the Edward C. Kennedy Center for Business Ethics, the Thomas W. Beasley Institute for Free Enterprise and the Thomas F. Cone Sr. Center for Entrepreneurship.

“My passion is for education institutions that are ready to take on the next challenge,” said Gardial in a press release.

This article written by Marissa Avnaim.

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