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Georgian Court Names New School of Business Dean

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 21, 2009—Business scholar and former banking executive Joseph M. Monahan, Ph.D., has been tapped to lead the Georgian Court University School of Business.

Dr. Monahan most recently served as the dean of the Finlandia University International School of Business, and as the school’s executive vice president for external relations. He brings to Georgian Court more than 30 years of leadership in industry and academic settings.

In business, Dr. Monahan served as a vice president with Marine Midland Bank, Credit Suisse, Generale Bank, and Kansallis-Osake-Pankki Bank, all in New York City. Throughout his career, he has been equally involved in higher education, teaching international finance at the University of South Carolina, New York Institute of Technology, Long Island University, the World Trade Institute, Georgetown University, and Dowling University, where he developed new business programs such as the M.B.A. in Banking and Finance.

In recent years, Dr. Monahan also taught at the School of Business and Public Service at the State University of New York/Canton, and served as its dean. There, he developed international business programs in Hong Kong, Brazil, and Russia.

Georgian Court will benefit from Dr. Monahan’s extensive experience.

“With the appointment of Dean Monahan, we expect the continual advancement of the School of Business, with particular emphasis on growth of the undergraduate programs and the reform of the M.B.A.,” says GCU Provost Joseph F. Gower, Ph.D. “He brings an impressive background in administration, internationalization, and faculty development, as well as a zest for teaching.”

As a former international investment banker, Dr. Monahan is well aware of the needs of the global marketplace, and says he wants to ensure GCU students are ready to meet industry demands. He also aims to link the university’s business school more closely with the international community.

“A business practitioner approach is key,” says Dr. Monahan. “Georgian Court University has an incredible opportunity to globalize the university’s business programs. I am looking forward to developing a graduate and undergraduate curriculum that will serve today’s business community.”

Dr. Monahan, who earned a Ph.D. in Finance from New York University in 1984, has authored books, journal articles, and papers, and has expertise in financial engineering, derivatives, securities analysis, and foreign exchange.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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