New deans named for schools of engineering and business

New deans named for schools of engineering and business

The search is over: The University announced Dr. Bruce W. Berdanier will be the new dean of the School of Engineering and Dr. Donald Gibson, professor of management, will be the dean of the Dolan School of Business.

Dr. Gibson was appointed interim dean in 2011 and has led the School during the rigorous and critical re-accreditation process of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He came to Fairfield in 2001 as associate professor of management and, in 2008, he was promoted to professor and named chair of the Department of Management.

Before joining the Fairfield faculty, Dr. Gibson was an assistant professor of organizational behavior at the Yale School of Management from 1995 to 2001. He received his MBA and Ph.D. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a master’s degree in communication from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in administrative studies from the University of California, Riverside.

In 2011, he won the prestigious Robert E. Wall Faculty Award to advance his research and publish The Sound and the Fury: Understanding Anger in the Workplace.

“Don understands the unique needs of a cutting-edge, competitive business school infused with Jesuit values, while fully recognizing the advantages of collaboration across the institution,” said University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.

Dr. Berdanier is currently a professor and department head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota State University (SDSU). He will take his post at Fairfield on July 1.

Dr. Berdanier has been instrumental in furthering SDSU’s efforts to increase its funded research on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he has recently led re-accreditation efforts for the university’s Civil Engineering program with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

“He also brings with him extensive experience in service learning initiatives, and international service-oriented engineering projects,” said Fr. von Arx. “For the past 15 years, Dr. Berdanier has been involved in engineering research and service projects in Haiti, has participated as a Fulbright Research Scholar in Jordan, and started an active Engineers Without Borders chapter at SDSU, working with students to design and implement a water treatment system in Bolivia.”

Dr. Berdanier received his BSCE from The Ohio State University and his MSCE in environmental engineering from Purdue University. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and hydrogeology from Ohio State.

Pictured above: Left: Dr. Bruce W. Berdanier; right: Dr. Donald Gibson