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Kathleen A. Getz

Loyola names new business dean

Loyola University Maryland has named Kathleen A. Getz as the new dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management.

Getz, who will step into the deanship on July 1, is currently on a research sabbatical from her position as a professor of management at Loyola University Chicago’s Michael R. Quinlan School of Business. She served as dean of that school from 2011 through last month.

Getz succeeds Karyl Leggio, who stepped down as business dean in May to return to teaching at the Jesuit university in Baltimore. Norm Solomon has been serving as interim dean.

“Dr. Getz has brought visionary and strategic leadership to her role at Loyola University Chicago, where she raised money for a new building and secured a naming gift for the school,” Amy Wolfson, vice president for academic affairs at Loyola University Maryland, said in a statement.

“She also refocused the strategic plan for the Quinlan School of Business to promote leadership areas in family business, international business and emerging markets, risk management, social enterprise and responsibility, and supply chain management.”

Getz is already familiar with the mid-Atlantic region, having spent 20 years at American University’s Kogod School of Business.

She started at American as an assistant professor of management and moved up the ranks. She was named department chair in 1999, and in 2006 began a five-year run as the school’s senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Getz said she and her husband are looking forward to returning to the East Coast and that she is excited to experience the “strong sense of community” within the Sellinger school.

Getz comes to Loyola during a period of administrative turnover. Wolfson, the vice president of academic affairs, took that office in July.

And, last month, Amanda Thomas was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Thomas assumes that role in July, on the same day as Getz.

“One of the things that really is appealing is the newness of the academic leadership team,” Getz said in a statement. “Everyone will think everything is possible. … I’m very eager to get started, and to work closely with the other deans to foster interdisciplinary collaboration across the schools.”

Officials at Loyola praised Getz’s management experience as well as her commitment to a Jesuit education. Getz, too, said she feels strongly about working at a Jesuit institution.

“Combining Jesuit principles and business ideals is really the best way to do business education,” Getz said. “We are producing the leaders of the future … I hope they will graduate with an optimistic approach to their work and their lives. I always encourage students and faculty to see a world of possibilities, rather than one of burdens.”

Getz’s research has focused on corporate political activity, business bribery and governmental corruption, voluntary codes of conduct and the role businesses play in peace-building.

She received a bachelor of science in human development from Pennsylvania State University, a master of business administration from Gannon University and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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