A Tribute and a Welcome
This fall the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business welcomes new administration. The role of senior associate dean, previously held by Dr. Chris Fawson, will be split into two deanships: an associate dean for academic affairs and an associate dean for international and entrepreneurial programs. Dr. Jeffrey Doyle, George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research, will serve as associate dean for academic affairs. In addition, Dr. Fawson will continue to serve as associate dean for international and entrepreneurial programs until a permanent replacement is found. The leadership and respect of both these individuals is felt widely — among students, faculty, colleagues and alumni — as they each are integral in the school.
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Dr. Chris Fawson exemplifies the spirit, the drive and the passion of the Huntsman School. He is well respected as a teacher, a researcher, a critical thinker, an administrator and a colleague. He has served for nine years in university administration, including service as vice provost, department head of economics, and for the last four years as senior associate dean at the huntsman school. During his tenure as senior associate dean, Dr. Fawson has been a friend, teacher, counselor and supporter to many.
Dean Douglas D. Anderson said Dr. Fawson’s influence extends literally to each and every corner of the school. “His has been an essential voice as we have examined, debated and developed alignment around our sense of purpose, mission, values and strategy. His commitment to excellence has been unflagging. He leaves a great mark and an enduring legacy.”
A passionate researcher with a broad influence in his field, Dr. Fawson (’83 MS, Texas A&M, Economics, ’86 PhD, Texas A&M, Economics) has a unique view of the world that he is able to express in his interactions and his teaching. As a professor, he is dedicated to inspiring students to be lifelong learners and helping students to develop a deep understanding of economics and business. “I look forward to working closely with students and on my research, returning to the things I am passionate about in academia,” Dr. Fawson said.
“Dr. Fawson is a dynamic and thoughtful leader. His personal interaction with the National Advisory Board has resulted in deeply rooted alumni connections for myself and others.”
— Mark Holland, chair of the Huntsman School National Advisory Board
“Chris has been a critical part of the great progress we have made in the Huntsman School. He has a wonderful vision of what the school can be. He loves the students, and he brings leadership and passion to our academic programs.”
— Ken Snyder, executive dean and chief administrative officer
“We are thrilled to have Chris more deeply involved with our economics and finance students as well as our faculty. Chris brings a unique level of expertise, passion and energy, and we look forward to having his direct involvement with the Department of Economics and Finance.”
— Tyler Bowles, head, Economics and Finance Department
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The unique focus the Huntsman School has to put students first is accentuated by the recent appointment of Dr. Jeffery Doyle to associate dean for academic affairs. Dr. Doyle exemplifies the standard of excellence in teaching and research the Huntsman School represents. In 2009, he received the Eldon J. Gardner Award, the university’s highest teaching honor, which carries with it the designation “Professor of the Year.”
A native of Utah and graduate of USU with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1994, (MS ’96 Virginia, PhD ’99 Michigan), Dr. Doyle brings a strong combination of academic and professional experience to his new role. Dr. Doyle’s academic pursuits include financial valuation and the predictive ability of accounting information. His students appreciate his enthusiasm for teaching and his ability to help them see the relevance of accounting in all areas of business. One of his accounting students said that although Dr. Doyle’s classes were difficult and demanding, there were no surprises and the challenge was rewarding.
When asked about his new role, Dr. Doyle said, “there is a lot of momentum here at the Huntsman School. It seems everywhere you turn there are new and exciting initiatives for academic and professional interaction. I look forward to serving in the new capacity.”
“I am deeply grateful for Dr. Doyle’s willingness to accept my invitation to serve as associate dean for academic affairs. Jef exemplifies the standard of excellence in teaching and research that we aspire to at the Huntsman School, and I am confident that Jef will provide extraordinary leadership in our efforts to raise the bar in both teaching and research excellence.”
— Douglas D. Anderson, dean
“Professor Doyle has all of the professional and personal attributes necessary to be a phenomenal leader in his new administrative assignment. Jef is a consummate professional, a world-class teacher who inspires greatness in his students and a committed researcher. I am very excited about Professor Doyle’s appointment and look forward to working with him in realizing our shared commitment to excellence in pursuit of the Huntsman School mission, vision and purpose.”
— Chris Fawson, associate dean for international and entrepreneurial programs
“Working with Jef is inspirational. He is a great thinker, a great teacher and a great guy. Although I am sorry the School of Accountancy students will not have as many opportunities to study under Dr. Doyle, I am excited that he will be providing leadership to the Huntsman School of Business.”
— Larry Walther, head, School of Accountancy