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DATE: June 1, 2005

Bruce Bublitz appointed dean of UM-Dearborn School of Management

DEARBORN---Bruce O. Bublitz, associate provost of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), has been named dean of the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His five-year appointment, which begins July 1, was approved by the U-M Regents at their meeting in Dearborn on May 19.

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"I am excited about the opportunity of working with UM-Dearborn's high quality faculty and ambitious students to build on their long history of success in preparing management professionals to serve the needs of the metropolitan region," Bublitz said.

Before being named associate provost at UTSA in 2004, Bublitz was dean of the College of Business from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, he held senior administrative positions at the University of Kansas, including associate dean for academic affairs, director of MBA programs, director of research and doctoral programs, and director of accounting and information systems.

"Professor Bublitz's record of scholarship, teaching and academic leadership is very impressive," according to Robert L. Simpson, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn. "His significant accomplishments at other institutions show him to be an extremely productive and capable academic leader."

At UTSA's College of Business, Bublitz was responsible for increasing graduate enrollment, expanding faculty research and launching a doctoral program. As associate provost, he has been working on comprehensive strategic and financial plans for the campus, and has developed a "costing" system for their academic programs.

Bublitz earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1972 from Illinois State University and became a certified public accountant the same year. He went on to earn a master's degree in accounting in 1975 and a Ph.D. in accountancy in 1982 from the University of Illinois. In addition to his appointment as dean at UM-Dearborn, Bublitz has been appointed professor of accounting, with tenure.

"I thought I was going to be a teacher and researcher my whole life, but I was drawn into administration, and found that it was possible to accomplish more when working together as a leader of a team," Bublitz said. "That is my ambition here at UM-Dearborn, to work closely with the faculty, staff, students, and external constituents of the school and the campus to build on the quality of the institution."

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