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RMU Business School Names Lois Bryan Senior Associate Dean for Academic Excellence

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University's School of Business has named University Professor of Accounting Lois D. Bryan its new Senior Associate Dean for Academic Excellence.

In this newly created position, Bryan will be responsible for issues pertaining to the school’s AACSB-International accreditation, graduate programs and faculty promotion, research, merit, and development. She will also serve as the school's administrator in the absence of the dean.

"Lois will make an excellent senior associate dean, given her substantial administrative experience in a variety of capacities over many years at RMU," said Dean John M. Beehler. "She is well-respected both in our school and across the university, and I know she will work well with faculty, staff, and administrators. I look forward to working with her in our efforts to bring Robert Morris and our School of Business to even greater levels of excellence."

LoisBryancroppedOriginally from Brownsville, Pa., Bryan earned a master of accountancy from the University of Denver in 1978. In 2000, she earned a master of science in taxation from Robert Morris before going on to earn the doctor of science in information systems and communications in 2006. Her areas of expertise and research interests lie in taxation and managerial accounting, and she has published her research in various journals including the Journal of Taxation of Investments, the Journal of Applied Business Research, the Journal of Academic and Business Ethics, among others.

Bryan has served in numerous administrative positions during her 31-year tenure at RMU, including associate dean for the School of Business. In that position she was a part of the administrative team when the school earned its initial AACSB-International accreditation.

“It is very exciting to be invited back to serve on the administrative leadership team at the School of Business," said Bryan. "After my brief hiatus from the school's administration, I am looking forward to working with the new and energized leadership with the infusion of promising ideas and initiatives.”

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.