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Two finalists for dean of MSU's College of Business to visit campus Feb. 22-28

February 10, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Two candidates for the dean of Montana State University's College of Business will interview on campus Feb. 22-28. Each candidate will meet with faculty and students as well as give a public presentation with time for questions.

The finalists and the dates of the campus visits follow with the specific time and location of their public presentation. All public presentations will be in the Procrastinator Theater of MSU's Strand Union Building and will be followed by a reception.

Howard Smith, of Boise State, who had been previously announced as a candidate, withdrew after accepting another position.

Feb. 22-23
Penne Ainsworth, Ph.D., CPA, CMA, CIA.
Associate Dean, College of Business
University of Wyoming
Public presentation, Thursday, Feb. 23, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Penne Ainsworth has been at the University of Wyoming since 1997, coming there from Kansas State University where she taught accounting for 10 years. She became the chair of the UW Department of Accounting in 2004 and the associate dean, serving half-time, in 2005. She then became the associate dean, serving full-time, in 2010. Penne received her bachelor's and master's of accountancy from K-State and her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

She received the senior teaching award in the College of Business at the University of Wyoming in 1999, 2001, and 2004 and the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award for UW in 2002.

Penne co-authored the original application for the grant K-State received from the Accounting Education Change Commission (AECC) and has authored five additional grants for accounting education and assessment at UW. She is the co-author of a textbook on accounting as well as other scholarly works in accounting. She is a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Click here for Ainsworth's vita.

Feb. 27-28
Kregg Aytes, Ph.D.
Interim Dean, College of Business
Idaho State University
Public presentation, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Kregg Aytes has been a member of the College of Business faculty at Idaho State University since 1993. He completed his doctorate in management information systems at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management that same year. Prior to his doctoral education, he worked as a systems engineer at IBM in Phoenix for five years after receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona.

During his time at ISU, Aytes has served as chair of the Computer Information Systems Department, associate dean, and is currently serving as the interim dean of the college.

He has taught a wide variety of courses, including subjects ranging from programming to strategy and small business consulting. He was named one of five master teachers at ISU in 2006.

He has also twice received the outstanding service award for the College of Business at ISU. Aytes' research interests revolve around the management of IT, the use of technology to support group work, and more recently, the use of social media by entrepreneurs. He enjoys interacting with industry, through consulting and service on boards of various economic development organizations.
Click here for Aytes' vita.

The dean search committee hopes to have completed the search by mid-March with a new dean starting by July 1.

The dean position came open last spring, when Dan Moshavi left the position to become dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Dominican University of California in San Rafael. Susan Dana, who did not apply for the permanent position, has been serving as interim dean.

With roughly 1,200 students, the MSU College of Business offers undergraduate programs in accounting, finance, management, and marketing as well as minors in accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship and small business management, international business, and the management of information technology. The college also offers a master's of professional accountancy degree, designed to prepare student for professional careers in the field of accounting.

The college is home to the Alderson Program in Entrepreneurship, which has been twice recognized by Entrepreneur magazine, and the Gary K. Bracken Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, which was funded by a $3 million gift from the friends and family of college of business graduate Gary Bracken ('61). Scholarships, travel abroad fellowships and internships, career counseling services, mentoring programs, executives-in-residence, small classes and curriculum development are supported through The Bracken Center.

In 2010, MSU alumnus Jake Jabs gave the college $3 million to establish the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West. Jabs followed up with a $25 million gift in 2011 that will allow the college to construct a new building to house its programs. Ground is expected to be broken in 2013 with completion in 2015.

MSU College of Business graduating seniors have taken the Major Field Test-Business since the summer of 2005, and the mean has consistently been at the 90th percentile of the national norms reported by the Educational Testing Service, the world's largest, private, nonprofit educational testing and assessment organization.

Contact: Audrey Lee, MSU College of Business, (406) 994-7026, audrey.lee@montana.edu