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Faculty member advances to Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies at St. Catherine University

Interim Dean Joann Bangs has accepted the permanent post as dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies.
Interim Dean Joann Bangs has accepted the permanent post as dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies.
From University files.

St. Catherine University Executive Vice President and Provost Colleen Hegranes today announced that Joann Bangs, interim dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies, has accepted the position permanently.

“Joann is an impressive faculty leader who has proven herself as a collaborative community-builder and administrator,” said Provost Hegranes. “She is admired by colleagues and respected for her knowledge and support of educational policy and faculty governance.”

Bangs has served as interim dean since February 2013. She is a ten-year veteran of the University’s faculty as an associate professor of economics and served four years as the department chair.

The past six years, she has been co-researcher with Rebecca Hawthorne, director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program, of the Minnesota Census of Women in Corporate Leadership.

Her research also includes a project on instructional strategies for college-level economics that was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and featured on the website, “Starting Point,” an online resource for professors of economics in higher education.

On campus, she has served as chair of the University’s Educational Policies Committee (EPC) and on numerous ad-hoc committees and workgroups.

Bangs earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and her doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Read more about Bangs

The June 2013 edition of SCAN has this Q and A with her.

May 21, 2014 by Julie Michener

See also: Business, Faculty, Leadership