Press Release for Thursday, July 1, 2010
UNF Appoints New Coggin College of Business Dean
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
Board of Trustees at the University
of North Florida affirmed
the appointment of Dr. Ajay Samant as the new dean of the Coggin College of
Business and his tenure as a professor of Finance. He starts his new position
“I am looking forward to being a part of the UNF team. I know that
UNF has students who are motivated, faculty and staff who are fully dedicated
to the University mission, and leadership that is wise,” said Samant. “It’s a
pleasure and a privilege to be a part of this fine University.”
succeeds Dr. John McAllister, who served as dean of the Coggin College
for five years. He will take professional leave in the fall and will return to
the University as a professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance in
the spring of 2011.
established an impressive record of academic accomplishment, including five years
of service as chair of the Department of Finance and Commercial Law at Western Michigan University
as well as two years as associate dean and then interim dean of the Haworth
College of Business at WMU.
Samant is an experienced academic leader and a scholar of distinction,” said
Dr. Mark Workman, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at UNF. “I have
every confidence in his ability to advance the quality, reach and stature of
the Coggin College of Business and look forward to working with him as well as
the chairs, faculty and staff of the college to achieve these ends.”
was awarded the rank of full professor at WMU in 2003 and based on his
distinguished scholarly achievement, he was awarded the National City Endowed Chair
in Finance at WMU in 2007.
had several administrative accomplishments while he served at WMU, including
the establishment of a Global Business Center,
Center for Sustainable Business Practices and an Entrepreneurship Center.
Additionally, he raised $2.5 million for the establishment of a Career Services
Center for the Haworth
College of Business.
has received numerous awards for teaching and research such as the 2002 Zang
Professor of the Year by the Department of Finance and Commercial Law at WMU,
the Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Award in 2008 and the Citation of
Excellence and Highest Quality Rating by the editorial advisory board of ANBAR,
served as a visiting professor at Massey
University and the University of Waikato,
both in New Zealand,
as well as an administrator and teacher in the Singapore WMU MBA program for
nine years. He received his doctorate degree from Indiana
University, earning both his master’s
and bachelor’s degrees from the University
of Bombay in India.
more than 3,800 students, the Coggin
College’s mission is to
educate and develop business professionals through rigorous, relevant
accredited degree programs offered by faculty devoted to student learning and
engaged in scholarly activities.
1976, the Coggin College of Business has been accredited by AACSB—only one in
five business schools are awarded the accreditation—which honors the best
business schools in the world. The AACSB is the world leader in accreditation
for business education.