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September 13, 2001 Mohsen Anvari leaves Concordia: Tomberlin is intermin dean



by Barbara Black

Mohsen Anvari, who has steered Concordia’s business school through a name change, the launch of new programs and research chairs, fundraising for a new building and accreditation by an international body, has accepted a post at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

He took up his duties in August as dean of the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western, where he earned his doctorate in the 1980s.

Jerry Tomberlin, who had been associate dean for several years, was asked by the Board of Governors to be interim dean of the John Molson School of Business for a one-year term ending August 1, 2002.

Dr. Tomberlin has been a senior administrator of the School since 1995, first as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Research and Program Evaluation, and most recently as Associate Dean of External Affairs. He has a PhD in statistics from Harvard University, and has taught at Concordia since 1984.

The changes come at a busy time. In fact, when the announcement was made on June 20, Tomberlin was in Paris at the launch of a new Executive MBA program there. Anvari’s last duty as dean was to officiate at the first international conference on aviation management education, held July 15-16 (See page 2). The next event will be the launch of a new E-Business program.

“We will continue the momentum that we have developed this year,” Tomberlin said.

For his part, Anvari said that his time at Concordia has been “a privilege and an honour. The hard work that we have undertaken as a team has proved fruitful, and I’m pleased that Dr. Tomberlin has agreed to take on the additional responsibilities necessary to see that it continues.”

The Faculty of Commerce and Administration was renamed the John Molson School of Business last year.

Plans are underway for a new building across the street from the current premises in the Guy Métro Building. The School is one of a handful of business schools in Canada to earn accreditation from the U.S.-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

More than $3 million has recently been donated to the School for research purposes, and these funds enabled the establishment of scholarly chairs in accountancy and investment finance, and distinguished professorships in marketing and family business.

Anvari had been dean since 1995. He has an MBA from Sir George Williams University, and an MSc and PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and has been a professor of finance at Concordia since 1988.

Rector Frederick Lowy was among the many friends and colleagues who attended a reception for the departing dean on June 27. He thanked Anvari for his years of hard work on behalf of the School of Business, and wished him all success in this new chapter of his career. A search for a new dean will begin soon.