Whitman School Announces Leadership Changes

Gene Anderson, dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, announced two leadership appointments at the annual Whitman Faculty and Staff awards ceremony May 15.

Effective May 16, the Whitman School’s educational offerings are organized under two new associate dean roles. Areas of responsibility for the new positions are now divided between full-time degree programs and part-time offerings aimed at adult, professional and executive audiences. Don Harter, formerly the associate dean for master’s programs, was appointed associate dean for online and executive education; Alexander McKelvie, formerly associate professor and chair of the entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises (EEE) department, was promoted to full professor and will serve as associate dean for undergraduate and fulltime master’s education.

“The driving considerations in reconfiguring these roles include the forthcoming wave of innovation in our educational programs driven by our strategic plan; leveraging integrative and collaborative opportunities across individual programs, other units within the school, and across the university; and responding to the rapidly changing and growing market for lifelong learning,” said Dean Anderson.

As associate dean for online and executive education, Professor Harter will continue to lead the online offerings, in partnership with 2U. He also will have primary academic oversight of Defense Programs and Executive Education. In addition to his administrative role, Professor Harter teaches the MBA courses in business analytics and project management, and a doctoral seminar in research methods. His research focuses on project management and software process improvement and examines the organizational benefits of process maturity on software quality, development effort and development time. His current work examines the effect of software improvements on personal issues, including hiring policies, salaries, promotions, attrition, management span of control and organizational design. He holds a Ph.D. in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University.

As associate dean for undergraduate and full-time master’s education, Professor McKelvie will oversee the Whitman School’s undergraduate business education offerings and full-time master’s and certificate programs, working closely with the department chairs, the respective curriculum boards for these programs and the school’s governing faculty. Professor McKelvie will continue as EEE department chair. While at the Whitman School, he has taken a leading role in developing and teaching world-class programs, including designing new courses and training programs for Syracuse University’s Institute for Veteran and Military Families. Professor McKelvie has received teaching awards from Syracuse University, the Whitman School of Management, the EEE Department, and from his former university in Sweden. He has worked with many entrepreneurial startups during this time as well. His scholarly work, which has received a number of international awards, deals with questions regarding two main areas: how and why do firms grow, and how do entrepreneurs make decisions about opportunities. He holds a Ph.D. in business administration from Jönköping International Business School.

Michel Benaroch will continue as associate dean for research and the Ph.D. program.

Kerri Howell

Kerri is director of communications and media relations for the Whitman School. She is responsible for managing all internal and external communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, members of the business community and other key stakeholders.After receiving her B.A. from State University of New York at Geneseo, she went on to earn her M.S. in communications management from Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where she has served as an adjunct professor in the public relations department since 2004.