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Davis-Street Named Dean

Interim dean to assume permanent role in Ricciardi College of Business

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The new leader of Bridgewater State University’s Ricciardi College of Business is a familiar face.

Dr. Jeanean J. Davis-Street, the college’s interim dean, will become the next permanent dean effective July 1, President Frederick W. Clark Jr., ’83, and Dr. Karim Ismaili, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced Wednesday.

“Since July 2018, Dr. Davis-Street has provided exceptional leadership to the college as interim dean,” Clark and Ismaili wrote in announcing her appointment after an extensive, nationwide search. “During that time, she has prioritized student success, faculty engagement, academic program development and assessment, strategic planning, and external relationships. Her work over the past year has advanced a number of important initiatives, and has been carried out in a thoughtful, collaborative, and creative manner.”

Davis-Street, who joined the BSU faculty in 2009 in the Department of Accounting and Finance, worked with faculty colleagues to create a tutor lab and establish new graduate MBA and accountancy programs.

She also spent time as the college’s associate dean, where she led “a number of signature projects that enhanced the profile of the college externally, and provided students with an ever-widening array of exceptional educational opportunities,” Clark and Ismaili wrote. “In addition to her college-level leadership, Dr. Davis-Street has been highly engaged across campus, serving on both the CARS and OTL Advisory Boards, the Diversity and Social Justice Committee, the NEASC reaccreditation committee, and three advising task forces.”

Davis-Street studies corporate downsizing, employee stock ownership, principal/agent relationships and socially responsible investing. She has taught at Huston-Tillotson and Bentley universities and has private industry experience.

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