Marist College Announces Appointment Of Dr. Will Lamb To Lead School Of Management

Anthony Proia, Director of Media Relations, anthony.proia@marist.edu

image of Dr. Lamb, new dean for School of Management POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Following a national search, Marist College has appointed Dr. Will Lamb to the position of Dean of the School of Management (SOM), effective July 1. Dr. Lamb brings a wide variety of experience to Marist, most recently serving as Dean of Graduate and Adult Learner Recruitment at EAB Global, where he helped colleges and universities improve the strength of their academic programs and grow their enrollments. He previously served as Dean of the LaPenta School of Business at Iona College, the Murata Dean of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Ohio University.

“I am so pleased to welcome Dr. Lamb to the Marist community to lead our School of Management,” said Dr. Thomas Wermuth, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Dr. Lamb has vast experience as an educator and administrator and his reputation in the academic community is tremendous.”

“Dr. Lamb comes to Marist and to the School of Management at an exciting and pivotal time,” said Dr. Kevin Weinman, Marist College President. “With growing undergraduate enrollment in the school, several renowned graduate programs, and a transformational renovation and expansion of the home of SOM, the Dyson Center, now underway, the School is poised for an incredible future. I was immensely impressed with Will’s vision, strategic thinking, and excellence as an operational leader, and I have great confidence that Will can take the School to new heights.”

“My experience at EAB has provided a unique opportunity to learn about the market for higher education, and to work with people at nearly every type of school and in all regions of the country,” said Dr. Lamb. “This position at Marist College offers an opportunity to work in a student-centered, liberal arts environment at a moment in the College’s development that presents significant opportunities for the School’s future growth and direction.”

Dr. Lamb also has extensive experience working as both faculty and dean at several institutions with highly regarded business schools.  During his leadership of Iona’s LaPenta School of Business, he oversaw the faculty’s revision of the business curriculum and made significant enhancements to the MBA, MS in Public Accounting, and MS in Finance programs. He also oversaw the development of Iona’s online MBA program.

At Babson, he was responsible for the oversight and administration of the College’s four MBA programs, M.S. in Accounting, and M.S. in Management—programs that served over one thousand graduate students annually. While there, he led the development of two new programs: the M.S. in Finance and the M.S. in Business Analytics. 

While at Ohio, Dr. Lamb moved through the ranks from Assistant Professor, to director of the MBA program, Chair of Management Systems, and Associate Dean for Graduate programs. Previous to Ohio University, he served as Assistant Professor of Management at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

“The School of Management at Marist is renowned for its graduate and undergraduate programs,” said Dr. Lamb. “With this tremendous foundation already in place and the coming expansion and transformation of the Dyson Center, our students will have world-class resources at their fingertips to grow and succeed in their future endeavors,” he said.

image of Investment Center rendering in the new dyson center
A rendering of the planned Investment Center, to be housed in the new Dyson Center.

Throughout his career, Dr. Lamb has served on a number of university-wide committees, including appointments to the College Council, Committee on Academic Affairs, Budget Committee, and Facilities Master Planning Group, among others. He has also served as a member of several Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation peer review teams.

Dr. Lamb is the author of multiple peer-reviewed publications, including articles in IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, the International Journal of Organizational Analysis, The Academy of Management Best Papers Proceedings, and Business & Society, among many others.

He has a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and a B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Lamb’s appointment follows the leadership of two interim deans. “The SOM has been led capably for the last two years by Dr. James Snyder and Dr. Roger Norton who separately stepped up to lead the school on an interim basis,” said Dr. Wermuth. “I thank them for their hard work and dedication to Marist and look forward to exciting times ahead for the School of Management.”

About Marist’s School of Management

The Marist School of Management, includes undergraduate programs in a wide area of study, including Business Administration, Accounting, and Finance and Economics, making it a leader in teaching students to develop the skills to succeed in today’s global business community. Students frequently give classroom presentations and network at informal events on campus. The School of Management also offers an accelerated dual degree accountancy program, allowing students to complete a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy in just four years and four months.

The School of Management also offers three graduate degrees: a fully AACSB-accredited Master of Business Administration program, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Science in Professional Accountancy. Marist launched New York State’s first AACSB-accredited 100%-online MBA program in 1998, one of the first such programs in the nation. Marist’s online MBA program has also been featured in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Education Program” rankings.

A Transformed Dyson Center to House the School of Management

The School of Management will be front and center in the massive transformation of the Dyson Center, which is set to undergo an extensive multi-million-dollar expansion to provide Marist students with world-class new gathering and learning spaces. The College’s student Investment Center which is an integral part of learning for Marist business students, will be a featured piece just off the atrium of the new Dyson Center. The Center will feature a fully functional trading floor, similar to those in investment banks around the world.

The state-of-the-art facility will house the Greystone Equity Fund, a student-managed fund, where faculty and students identify potential stocks and invest in them. It will also feature enhanced space for the Bureau of Economic Research, which writes reports on economic developments in the Hudson Valley, including household income, income tax analysis, commutation patterns of workers, migration, and overall employment and wages. The Bureau also conducts economic impact studies, as well as forecasting and policy analysis.


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