New Business Dean Announced

New Business Dean Announced The appointment of Mitchell P. Koza, an internationally-recognized expert on business strategy and management education, as dean of the Rutgers University School of Business at Camden was announced by Richard L. McCormick, president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The appointment becomes effective Feb. 15. Koza will serve as the third dean of the Rutgers-Camden business school.

As dean, Koza will develop the academic and administrative operations of the Rutgers-Camden business school, which has 535 upper-division undergraduate and 273 master of business administration (MBA) students attending classes on campus and in Atlantic City, Mount Laurel, and Voorhees. Established in 1988, the school has 37 full-time faculty and 15 staff members and is the first business school in southern New Jersey to earn international accreditation.

Koza, 54, recently completed a term as director general and professor of international strategy for the European Center for Executive Development (Cedep) in France. As head of the school providing management education to a consortium of 30 European multinational companies, Koza has provided strategic leadership that has increased member enrollment by more than 30 percent; added nine faculty members; and established a new platform for online education.

During his tenure at Cedep, Koza nurtured a research and teaching faculty of more than 40 core contributors and a professional staff of more than 35, and engaged the professional community in the growth of the institution and its programs.

His scholarship focuses on issues of international cooperation and competitiveness, emphasizing the cross-cultural and social dimensions of international business and management development. His research examines strategic alliances and acquisitions, new organizational forms, organizational transformation, and regulation, and has appeared in such leading journals as Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal.

A member of several editorial boards, Koza is a regular reviewer for major international journals. He is the founding co-chair of the Strategic Management Society Interest Group on International Competition and Global Strategy, and has served as a board member for the European Group for Organizational Studies.

"Mitchell Koza is an inspired selection for this important leadership role," says McCormick. "He brings a keen perspective on global business policy and an impressive portfolio of scholarly and administrative achievements to the position, along with an accessible management style and true enthusiasm and energy for helping Rutgers-Camden advance to the next level of prominence in undergraduate and graduate business education."

"Rutgers-Camden is dedicated to the principle that effective professional education must provide students with both a solid scholarly foundation and the practical skills to implement that knowledge," says Roger J. Dennis, provost of the Rutgers-Camden campus. "Mitchell Koza has a proven record of success that will expand opportunities for our students, and opportunities for Rutgers to serve New Jersey's business and economic growth."

"The Rutgers-Camden School of Business offers many impressive attributes, including the excellence of its faculty, the high quality of its students, the innovative nature of its programs, the support and enthusiasm of the business community, and the commitment of Rutgers to advance the school," says Koza.

"I look forward to working with all of these stakeholders to build upon Rutgers-Camden's admirable tradition of excellence in academic rigor and professional service."

Previously, Koza held appointments at the Cranfield University School of Management, a British institution that is a leader among Europe's management schools. As a professor of international strategic management, he directed Cranfield's Centre for International Business. Koza also has served as a visiting research professor at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University; an associate professor of business policy at INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration); a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley; and an assistant professor of organization and strategy at UCLA's Graduate School of Management.

He earned his PhD in organizational sociology and education from the University of Chicago; his master's degree in policy and planning from Harvard University; and his bachelor's degree in history and politics from the City University of New York.

A native of New York City, Koza will relocate from France to the Delaware Valley with his wife, Antoinette, and their nine-year-old daughter, Maxine. The Kozas are active in a variety of organizations that promote the advancement of special-needs children.

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Author: Press Release-Rutgers-Camden

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