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ISU business school dean to retire


Labh Hira, who is in his 11th year as dean of the College of Business at Iowa State University, announced that he will retire as dean when his term ends on June 30, 2012. He will remain on the ISU faculty as a professor of accounting.

Hira, the Raisbeck Endowed Dean, has led a period of tremendous growth and transition in the College of Business, marked by two of the most significant milestones in the college’s history: the completion of the Gerdin Business Building and the creation of a doctoral program in business and technology.


“Labh Hira has been a tremendous dean and an outstanding university citizen,” ISU President Gregory Geoffroy said in a press release. “He has provided great leadership for the College of Business, and the college has significantly improved its academic standing nationally under his guidance.”  


Hira joined the Iowa State faculty in 1982. He was appointed associate dean of the college in 1996 and senior associate dean in 2000. He served as professor and chair of the accounting and finance department from 1992 to 1996. He was named the college’s interim dean in July 2001 and dean in July 2002.


He chaired the College of Business Building Planning Committee, which oversaw the $25 million project to build the college’s first stand-alone, state-of-the-art facility. The building was named for donors Russ and Ann Gerdin and opened in January 2004.


The doctoral program began in fall 2009. Its implementation represented the final step in making the College of Business a comprehensive business program. The first class of Ph.D. students will graduate in spring 2013.


The College of Business enrollment includes 3,212 undergraduates and 258 graduate students. It confers 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees awarded by Iowa State.


Pamela White, dean of the College of Human Sciences, and Dawn Bratsch-Prince, associate provost, will co-chair the search for Hira’s successor, which will begin immediately. Nominations should be sent to bhoffman@iastate.edu.

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