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March 28, 2002 Appointments



Jerry Tomberlin

Jerry Tomberlin, Dean of the John Molson School of Business

Jerry Tomberlin, Dean, John Molson School of Business

Dr. Jerry Tomberlin has been appointed dean of Concordia’s John Molson School of Business. He has been interim dean since August 2001.

Tomberlin said in a statement that he foresees plenty of activity in the near future. “In April, we will be holding the first class of our new Executive MBA in Paris, and in the spring, we will also be announcing a new research chair in management.”

He is enthusiastic about the quality of the School’s research, faculty and students. “They continue to impress employers in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”

Tomberlin joined Concordia University in 1984, and has been an associate professor since 1985. He has twice served as chair of the Department of Decision Sciences and management Information Systems (MIS), from 1988-90 and 1991-93. From 1986-88, he was the academic director of the MBA program. Prior to his appointment as interim dean, he served as an associate dean in varied portfolios since 1995, including associate dean of external affairs.

He has also served as a consultant for the Bureau de la statistique du Québec, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Clairol Canada, among others. He has a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD, both in statistics, from Harvard University.

His appointment follows an official search process that began in the fall of 2001. This process was overseen by the Board of Governors and included representatives from the university and the community-at-large.

Rector Frederick Lowy said, “Dr. Tomberlin has been actively involved in the management of the Business School and has been integral to raising its profile in the last year. He will bring renewed energy and vision to the deanship.”

Les Lawton, Interim Director, Recreation and Athletics

Women’s hockey coach Les Lawton has been appointed Interim Director of Recreation and Athletics, taking over from Harry Zarins, who has left the university after nine years.

Lawton joined Concordia in 1982 to coach our women’s hockey team. He has been coaching for 20 years and has attained the Advanced II coaching level. He built the women’s team into a Canadian juggernaut that won back-to-back national championships in 1998 and 1999, and coached the Canadian women’s national team to a world championship in 1994.

Aside from his coaching duties, Lawton has assured the purchasing, food and beverage services for Athletics and has led many hockey school and coach’s clinic efforts. In his spare time, he runs a physical education program at St. Ignatius of Loyola School.

In 1999, Lawton was named Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) Coach of the Year and has been the Quebec Student Sports Federation (QSSF) coach of the year for seven years running.

In 1998 Lawton was honoured with the Concordia Council on Student Life Merit Award for outstanding contribution to student life and services at the university.

Howard Bokser, Acting Director of Advancement Communications

Howard Bokser has been appointed Acting Director of Advancement Communications for the Office of University Advancement & Alumni Relations. He will maintain his role as Senior Communications Officer and Magazine Editor.