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Barbara Howard Joins the School of Business as Associate DeanBarbara Howard Joins the School of Business as Associate Dean
The new academic year opened with Barbara Howard filling the newly created position of associate dean for the School of Business.

The new academic year opened with Barbara Howard filling the newly created position of associate dean for the School of Business.

Howard comes to Ithaca from SUNY Geneseo, where she served 13 years as assistant dean of its School of Business and director of its internship program. Her arrival at Ithaca reunites her with Dean Mary Ellen Zuckerman, formerly dean of Geneseo’s School of Business.

“Barbara and I worked effectively together for the nine years that I was dean and she was assistant dean at SUNY Geneseo, so I'm delighted that she was offered the position here at Ithaca and that she accepted it,” said Zuckerman, who’s beginning her second year at IC.

As associate dean, Howard will be responsible for the MBA programs and assessment, scheduling and oversight of curriculum matters. She, assistant dean Ayana Richardson, and academic services coordinator Catrina Decker have primary responsibility for student services. As dean, Zuckerman remains responsible for faculty development and evaluation, has general oversight of all staff, and is responsible for the School’s overall strategic direction, as well as external relations with alumni, parents, friends and corporate partners. The dean also works with top administration within the College.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Mary Ellen again,” said Howard. “We developed a strong working relationship at Geneseo over the years. We know each other well and appreciate each other's perspective.

“Mary Ellen is very good at seeing the big picture and leading new initiatives. I feel my strength is making sure that the details are considered and implemented in a successful way. This approach has worked well for us in the past.”

Howard holds degrees in liberal arts and accounting from Finger Lakes Community College and received her B.S. in accounting and M.B.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology. While in school, she also worked seven years as front-end manager of Almekinder’s grocery store in Ontario, N.Y. On completion of her M.B.A., she joined the faculty at RIT’s College of Business in 1982, where she served as director of graduate business programs and a lecturer in accounting and finance. She started at Geneseo in 1989; taught courses in managerial and international finance, financial and managerial accounting, managerial economics, and information systems; served as a certified business adviser to the New York State Small Business Development Center; and was named assistant dean in 1998.

“My previous position was very student-oriented, so I have a naturally tendency to want to know the students and support their educational pursuits,” said Howard. “The School of Business has a student-centered focus, and I expect to be involved in many of the student activities as well.”

She and Zuckerman agree a sense of collaboration and community is important for a small school such as the School of Business, with about 700 students, 36 faculty, and nine people in administration.

“We definitely want to know the faces and names of as many students as we can, so they feel welcome in the School and know that this is their academic home at Ithaca College,” Zuckerman said.

“We plan to continue this partnership to further the growth and move to ever-increasing excellence at Ithaca College,” the dean continued. “Our skills complement one another, so the partnership works well. And we already know and trust the professionalism of one another, so we can get up to speed quickly in our work together.”

For Howard, the good fit extends well beyond her long relationship with Zuckerman: “I have only been here a few weeks, but I already feel comfortable with my colleagues at Ithaca.”


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