New dean joins School of Business

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Thomas A. Horan, previously dean of the Claremont Graduate University’s (CGU) Drucker School of Management, joins the University of Redlands as the H. Jess and Donna Colton Senecal Endowed Dean of the School of Business on July 1.

“Employers today want to hire people with both a broad perspective and specific skills,” says Horan. “As a business school in a liberal arts environment, the U of R School of Business is uniquely suited to help students acquire both kinds of assets. I am excited to become an active part of the U of R community and get to know students, faculty, and alumni.”

Horan is also interested in leveraging the school’s technology offerings, including its master of science in information technology and cross-disciplinary geographic information systems (GIS) curriculum. “GIS is everywhere at the U of R, and that was another significant attractor,” Horan adds.

A graduate of University of Vermont, Burlington (B.A., psychology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and CGU (master of public policy; Ph.D. in organizational psychology and technology), Horan worked at CGU for more than 20 years. There, he co-directed the institution’s big data and creativity-innovation initiatives, held the position of dean of the Drucker School of Management, and was director of the Center for Information Systems and Technology.

Horan’s experience includes designing, testing, and assessing major innovations. These innovations have involved cloud-based, geo-spatial, and mobile applications in health, transportation, and education sectors. He has more than 130 publications in major journals, such as Management Information Systems Quarterly, Visual Information Systems, and Communications of the ACM [Association for Computing Machinery], and his work has been featured at the White House.

He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii, and University of Minnesota, and has served in numerous advisory positions in the United States, Middle East, and Asia.

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