from Dean Mirshab
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.
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
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