Message from Dean Mirshab

The Current, Fall 2003

Prior to being appointed dean in 2002, Bahman Mirshab had been associate dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs in the College of Business Administration since 1999. He has also served as the College's faculty program director for the Master of Science in Product Development and a faculty member in various capacities since 1979. Dean Mirshab holds a Ph.D. in economics from Wayne State University, a M.A. in economics from University of Detroit, and a B.A. in economics from Tehran University in Iran. His research and publications focus on Systems Dynamics, income tax, simulation, management science and information systems.

The College of Business Administration enjoyed a successful 2002-2003 academic year with many significant accomplishments and achievements, and we are looking forward to another in 2003-2004.

Our commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarship was exhibited in many ways. The College awarded 286 graduate and undergraduate degrees last May. Plus, the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering and Science jointly awarded 30 Master of Science in Product Development degrees to the third graduating class of the MPD program.

Our faculty remained committed to scholarship. Since January 2003, at least 17 faculty have published in refereed journals and at least 11 faculty have had refereed proceedings. In addition, faculty remained active in other scholarly activities such as conference presentations. The College of Business Administration was honored to have Professor of Business Administration Suk Kim as the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award on October 17, 2003.

The College continued to receive regional and national recognition. The College co-sponsored, with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants, the Accounting Careers Awareness Program (ACAP). ACAP is a national program created to increase the understanding of accounting and business career opportunities among selected high school minority youths. Thirty Detroit-area students participated in the on-campus program, June 15-19, 2003. The College’s graduate programs were ranked by Black Issues in Higher Education magazine among the “top forty” programs in the nation for the number of African Americans awarded master’s degrees in business and management.

The second phase of the Commerce & Finance Building renovation began in July 2003. This multi-million dollar comprehensive renovation project is expected to finish in August 2004, providing the College with a state-of-the-art teaching and learning facility.

Eight new members joined the College Advisory Board and Linda Miller ’81, was elected as the chair. The Board of Advisors continued its active role in the College. William P. Young ’90, was elected as the chair of the CBA Alumni Board; and many new members have joined this active group.

The College remained active in global education. Twenty-three students attended the graduate course offered in London, England. Together with Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan), the College has developed a joint Global Entrepreneurial Master in Business Administration Program (GEMBA) and we will also be cooperating with Tobias Karcher, S.J., of the Heinrich Pesch Haus Center for Applied Ethics. The College has continued its participation in the consortium of Jesuit schools offering the Beijing International MBA (BIMBA) program at Peking University, and we are proud to have Sharam Taj, professor of decision sciences, selected as one of the faculty to teach in this program next spring.

As we look to the future, the College of Business Administration remains committed to providing the excellent, student-centered, Catholic education that has produced generations of successful business leaders.