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USU Trustees Approve New Dean for Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Utah State UniversityDouglas D. Anderson has been named dean of Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

Utah State University’s board of trustees approved Douglas D. Anderson – noted corporate leader, former Harvard business professor and USU alum – as new dean of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business .

Anderson’s appointment is effective July 1.

"Dr. Anderson brings both a rich academic career and a proven record of success in the business world with him to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business ," said USU Provost Raymond Coward. "We are excited to have someone with his experience join the university as dean. His commitment to the university is proven already, and we look forward to an even deeper involvement."

Anderson will replace Caryn Beck Dudley, who was named dean of the College of Business at Florida State University.

Anderson is managing partner of the Center for Executive Development, a Boston–based designer of customized seminars and strategic workshops for companies and managers. He co–founded the company in 1987 with three Harvard colleagues. He is a consultant for top corporate leaders in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia.

He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 1973 and a master’s in economics in 1975 from USU. He received a Ph.D. in political economy and government and a master’s of public administration from Harvard University, where he taught in the economics department and as a faculty member in the Harvard Business School. He taught business strategy, operations management and international political economy. He authored the book Regulatory Politics and Electric Utilities, articles and numerous business case studies. He also has been a guest lecturer in executive programs at Stanford and Brigham Young universities.

Anderson said he is thrilled to deepen his involvement with the USU community as dean of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business .

"The college has been going through a number of dynamic changes in recent years that have resulted in great steps forward in many areas," he said. "And its theme of ‘opportunity’ echoes my thoughts exactly - I’m thrilled at the opportunity to become part of the college’s continued success."

Anderson and his family have a long history at USU. His father and mother, Desmond and Loila Anderson, both graduated from USU, as did each of his four brothers and sisters and more than 20 cousins. Three uncles were professors at the university: Wendell Anderson (political science), Gordon Porter (Spanish and Portuguese) and Dennis Funk (agriculture). He served as a member of the board of the USU Research Foundation and as a member and vice chair of the USU board of trustees. As an undergraduate, he was editor-in-chief of "Student Life," predecessor of "The Statesman." He received the Robins Award for "Achievement of the Year" in 1973 and was the nominee from Utah for a Rhodes Scholarship his senior year at USU.

"I have always been grateful for the excellent preparation and mentoring I received while a student at Utah State," he said. "I hope I may repay that debt by contributing to the development of a new generation of Aggies."

Anderson also is a member of USU’s Old Main Society.

Reed Durtschi, USU emeritus professor of economics, said he remembers Anderson as one of the top students he ever had. Durtschi said he followed Anderson’s career as a business consultant, politician and academician, and this broad background will make Anderson exceptionally effective as a dean.

"A dean has to make tough decisions that aren’t always popular with everyone," said Durtschi, who spent more than 35 years as a professor in the college. "Doug has the intelligence to make the right choices and the courage to pursue challenging actions."

In addition, Durtschi said, Anderson’s experience and contacts throughout the nation will make him extremely effective at expanding opportunities for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business to garner outside support for both programs and for students.

Anderson and his wife, Katherine Wirthlin Cannon, are the parents of seven children.

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