Dr. Avraham Shama, a professor of management at the University of New Mexico, has been named the new dean of the College of Business Administration at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Shama, who will begin his duties July 3, replaces Dr. Linda McCallister, who left as dean in 1998 for health reasons. Dr. George P. Avellano, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Graduate Programs and Research, had been serving as interim dean.
"I'm very delighted and thankful to be chosen," Shama said. "I was pleased by the College of Business Administration, its faculty and what I heard about its students. I met all the deans, Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo (provost/vice president for Academic Affairs) and President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez, and I was impressed with their vision for the University and the college."
Shama has been with the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque since 1983. He most recently was a Rutledge professor of management in the Department of Marketing, Information Systems and Decision Sciences in the Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management.
The Rutledge designation is a three-year endowed professorship specifically in the Anderson Schools of Management. He also is director of the International Cooperative Research Program, which exchanges research, faculty and students with Russian and East European universities.
Prior to the University of New Mexico, Shama worked with the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden, Colo.
"We had a number of very prominent people apply for the position," Avellano said. "Dr. Shama has some pretty impressive credentials and brings a lot of research credibility to the college and the University."
Shama has a bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He obtained a master of arts in political science and master of business administration from Hebrew University and a doctorate in marketing from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
"I bring to the college human, interpersonal, research and leadership skills that will energize the faculty and I to move the college to the next step of its development," Shama said. "The college is solid, but it can be improved by becoming fully accredited, increasing its research productivity, strengthening its ties with the business community and working with other colleges to make the entire University better."
UTPA plans to enhance its Ph.D. program at the College of Business Administration by pursuing accreditation from The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The University's other two business programs one each for undergraduates and graduates have received a continuation of accreditation for the next three years.
"Dr. Shama has a very strong research history, and he can function as a mentor for our younger faculty to bring them into the research perspective," Avellano said. "He also can strengthen our commitment to achieving Doctoral II college status, which will put us in a competitive position with the nation¹s premier universities."
Doctoral II universities must have 10 graduates per year in three disciplines. UTPA currently has two doctoral disciplines and less than 10 graduates per year.
Shama was among three finalists for the position, said Dr. Vern Vincent, CIS and Quantitative Methods professor and chair of the search committee.
"Dr. Shama brings a variety of needed skills to UTPA," Vincent said. "Combining his administrative experiences with his distinguished scholarly record will provide the college the leadership needed to advance management education in this region of the state. The faculty and staff are excited about his appointment and look forward to his arrival."