H. Fenwick Huss, who has served as dean of Georgia State University‘s J. Mack Robinson School of Business since 2004, expected to retire in June, but has been approached to be dean of a New York business school.
Baruch College, a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, has announced that Dr. Huss is to be recommended as the new dean of its Zicklin School of Business.
Dr. Huss told Global Atlanta that this opportunity came as a surprise to him, but when he was asked by a search firm if he would be interested he responded affirmatively.
“I really thought I was going to retire,” he added. “But this opportunity is just too interesting to pass up.”
A Baruch College spokesperson said that the board’s approval was merely a formality, and that Dr. Huss would be appointed officially in the near future.
“Dr. Huss’s lifelong commitment to the field of accountancy and to urban, public education of the highest quality, make him the ideal candidate to lead the Zicklin School of Business,” David P. Christy, Baruch College’s provost, said in a statement.
While at Georgia State, Dr. Huss has been active in global education, having assisted universities in Russia, the Ukraine and sub-Saharan Africa in restructuring business program.
He also served as director of the Robinson College’s USAID-funded development programs in South Africa, Ghana and Egypt and has lectured extensively on the topic of business information needs in China.
In addition, he launched the Global Partners MBA program in which students study at universities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
The Aspen Institute recognized the program as among the top 100 busines schools worldwide for leadership in integrating social, environmental and ethical issues into the MBA curriculum.
Dr. Huss said that he plans to keep a residence in Atlanta, where he expects to retire eventually.