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Huntsman School of Business hires award-winning Notre Dame professor

James H. Davis

An award-winning professor at the University of Notre Dame has agreed to come to Utah State University to assume a key leadership position at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

James H. Davis, who launched the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Notre Dame, is now a professor and head of the management department at the Huntsman School of Business, according to Dean Douglas D. Anderson. Davis launched the entrepreneurial center at Notre Dame in 1998; and in the 10 years he served as its director, it was consistently ranked among the top 20 programs in the country, Anderson said.

Before coming to USU, Davis was the John F. O’Shaughnessy Chair of Family Enterprises at Notre Dame. While there, the president of the university presented him with the “President’s Award,” recognizing him for his contributions to the university. He was also named as the MBA Outstanding Professor of the Year at Notre Dame three times.

In 2006, the Academy of Management, the leading professional association for professors of management, honored Davis for his research on trust, calling it the best theoretical, ground-breaking research of the 1990s.
“Jim’s record of scholarship is extensive and impressive,” Anderson said. “He is an outstanding and highly energetic teacher. Here we teach our students to be innovative, and we emphasize the importance of ethical leadership. Dr. Davis is uniquely qualified to add momentum to those efforts and will clearly prove an important addition to the leadership team at the Huntsman School of Business.”
The appointment comes after the school did a nation-wide search to find the right person for the position, Anderson said.
With research interests and publications in the areas of stewardship, strategic decision-making, trust, corporate governance and social capital, Davis’ articles have appeared in many publications including the “Strategic Management Journal,” the “Academy of Management Review,” “Journal of Applied Psychology,” “Harvard Business Review” and “International Journal of Value-Based Management.”

“I came here to speak last January and was very impressed to see the progress going on at the Huntsman School of Business,” Davis said. “I could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of this school’s efforts at this crucial time. I think I can learn from the impressive leadership team it has in place and contribute to its focused efforts to better serve the students here at USU.”

Davis earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Idaho State University and his doctorate from the University of Iowa.

About Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University seeks to inspire and equip students to become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of eight colleges at USU, located in northern Utah. For more information, please visit www.huntsman.usu.edu.