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New Dean Takes Reins at Girard School of Business

February 14, 2018
The Merrimack community recently welcomed Catherine Usoff, former dean of the Graduate School of Management at Clark University, as new dean of the Girard School of Business.

Usoff, a highly accomplished teacher, researcher and administrator and a powerful advocate for experiential learning and field-based education, assumed her new role in January.

“The appointment of Dr. Usoff is another significant move forward for the Girard School of Business and a highly visible signifier of our strategic investments in critical academic fields,” Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey said. “With her extensive experience in leadership, curriculum development and building corporate and alumni relationships, she will help guide the school and the college to even greater heights.”

During her five-and-a-half-year tenure at Clark, Usoff grew the graduate school’s master’s program in accounting, launched a new master’s program in business analytics, and reshaped the MBA program. She also led the school through two accreditation reviews.

Usoff said she is excited to be joining the Girard School and Merrimack communities at a time of unprecedented growth in programs, infrastructure and reputation. 

“This is a very warm, supportive community where the student is at the center of everything we do,” she said. “I am excited to contribute to our mission of preparing graduates to adapt creatively to tomorrow’s realities. The Girard School is positioned to be a leader in business education, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve our collective aspirations.”

Usoff serves on the steering committee of the Small Schools Network of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, was an officer in the Northeast Business Deans Association and has served on peer-review teams for other business schools’ continuous improvement reviews. 

Prior to working at Clark, Usoff was a professor and inaugural chair of the information and process management department at Bentley University for 19 years. While at Bentley, she made significant contributions to curriculum development and taught a project-based MBA course in which student teams created major process-improvement projects for more than 20 large, brand-name organizations. 

She has published journal articles on accounting, business-process management and business education, and wrote a chapter for “Shaping the Future of Business Education: Relevance, Rigor and Life Preparation.”

Usoff holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Boston College and an MBA and Ph.D. in accounting from Ohio State University.

She and her husband have two grown children and live in Acton, Massachusetts.

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