Emporia State business school dean announces resignation

May 7, 2012

Dr. Joseph Wen announced this morning that he will step down as dean of the Emporia State University School of Business on June 30, 2012. Dr. John Rich will serve as interim dean beginning July 1.

Joseph WenWen is leaving to take a position as Dean of College of Business Administration and Public Policy at California State University in Dominquez Hills, Calif, which will allow him to move closer to family. The move, Wen said, is bittersweet.

“I have experienced immense personal satisfaction, both from my job assignments and from the close friendships I have established with my colleagues,” Wen said, “which have helped make my years with ESU successful and productive. My colleagues have been among the finest people I have ever known.”

In accepting Wen’s resignation, Provost Tes Mehring spoke of Wen’s accomplishments since coming to Emporia State in 2008.

“The recent success of the School of Business with AACSB accreditation is testimony to the leadership that Dr. Wen has provided during his time at ESU,” Mehring said. “He has facilitated many new initiatives in the School of Business throughout his deanship. We wish him continued success as he moves to California.”

Dr. John Rich addresses the audience at the School of Business Honors Banquet on April 10 at which Rich was recognized for 17 years of service as associate dean of the school. As interim dean, Rich brings 40 years of experience at Emporia State. An associate professor of accounting and information systems, Rich has served as chair of the Division of Accounting and Computer Information Systems, Acting Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of the School of Business during his tenure. He also served as coordinator for the AACSB International accreditation project and self-evaluation, which resulted in the school’s accreditation in 2002.

Rich joined the Emporia State faculty in 1971 as an assistant professor and has seen the university’s business curriculum evolve from a single department into the School of Business, which was created in 1983 and offers undergraduate degrees in six areas as well as master’s degrees in business administration with three concentrations and business education.

The university will launch a national search for a new dean early in the Fall 2012 semester, Mehring said.

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