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OU announces Jackie Rees Ulmer to be new College of Business dean

A new dean for Ohio University’s College of Business has been selected and will begin work Feb. 1, according to a university press release.

Jackie Rees Ulmer, the incoming dean, is currently the associate dean for professional masters programs at Iowa State University’s Ivy College of Business. Ulmer is also the Union Pacific professor of information systems at the university. 

Ulmer will be the first woman to serve as dean of the College of Business, according to the release. She was unanimously granted tenure and professor status in the Analytics and Information Systems department by the College of Business AIS Full Professor Promotion Committee.

Ulmer has a Ph.D. in decision and information sciences from the University of Florida. She was an associate professor at Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management before going to ISU. Before holding her current role at ISU, Ulmer was associate dean for undergraduate programs and chair of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems in the Ivy College of Business.

Ulmer was one of six finalists for the position who attended a virtual forum in October. 

“Dr. Rees Ulmer brings outstanding experience as an administrator, faculty member and scholar to Ohio University’s College of Business, and I am grateful to the search committee for identifying such a strong leader from a distinguished pool of candidates,” Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Sayrs said in a press release. “She is exceptionally well prepared to lead the College of Business into the next chapter of its storied history, and I have no doubt she will lead the college to even greater success."

Ulmer will fill the role left by Hugh Sherman, who stepped down from the position in June after serving as dean of the College of Business for 13 years.


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