Wayne State Names New Business Dean

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DETROIT — Robert Forsythe has been appointed as dean of the Wayne State University School of Business Administration.

Forsythe is a professor of finance and former dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Business, where he launched several student-centered initiatives, including the Bulls Business Community, the Financial Services Education Center and the Business Communications Center.

Previously, he was the Leonard A. Hadley Chair in Leadership and senior associate dean at the Tippie College of Business at the University of Iowa. While in Iowa, Forsythe co-founded the Iowa Electronic Markets, which was designed as a futures market for trading in contracts on political and economic events over the internet. The IEM attracted national attention and was profiled by major news outlets, including Business Week, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Wall Street Journal.

Forsythe earned a Ph.D. in economics and a master of science in economics and statistics from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania. He holds a BS in quantitative business analysis from Pennsylvania State University and has taught at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Iowa.

He succeeds Margaret L. Williams, who served as the school’s interim dean during the national search.

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