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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.
"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."