Dr. James G. Pesek, a long-time faculty member and administrator, has been named dean of the College of Business Administration at Clarion University. The announcement makes permanent the position Pesek has been serving in as interim dean since July 2006.
“Dr. Pesek has served in many administrative positions at Clarion University including Special Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, interim dean of the College of Business Administration and chair of the Interim Management Team in the College of Business,” said President Joseph Grunenwald when making the announcement.
“He brings a strong record of teaching and had produced excellent research in his field over many years. His service to the university and the community has been exceptional. We look forward to his continued contributions to our university community.”
Pesek is succeeding Dr. Sarah Bower as dean. In 2006, Bower left Clarion to accept a teaching position in the finance department at Shippensburg University. She had served as dean since 2002.
Pesek has held many positions since joining Clarion University in 1980 as an assistant professor of management. He has served as: chair of the department of administrative science three times, 1985-2000, 2002-2004, and was in that position when he was named interim dean; chair of the interim management team for the College of Business Administration, 1999-2000; interim dean of the College of Business Administration, 2000-02; interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, 2004-05; and special assistant to the provost and vice president for academic affairs, Feb.—June 2005.
He earned a Ph.D. in business administration, majoring in human resources management and industrial relations, from the University of Pittsburgh. He also earned his M.A. and B.S. degrees in economics from Bowling Green State University.
Pesek previously taught at Mercyhurst College and Bowling Green State University, and worked as a labor market analyst for the City of Cleveland’s Department of Human Resources and Economic Development.
His research interests include quality management practices and recruitment effectiveness, and his articles have appeared in several journals including the American Business Review, the Journal of Managerial Issues, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the Review of Business, the Journal of Small Business Management, Business and Public Affairs, and SAM Management in Practice. In 2006, the Clarion University Alumni Association recognized him as the Distinguished Service award recipient.
Pesek lives in Shippenville, Pa., with his wife, Karen. They have two children, Seth and Bryn.
The College of Business Administration at Clarion University is committed to achieving high quality in its educational programs. In particular, the college seeks to achieve high quality teaching that prepares its students for responsible positions in business, industry, and government. The college recognizes the importance of continuing professional development to sustain high quality teaching. Additionally, the college understands clearly its responsibility to provide effective service and outreach programs to Clarion University and its extended community.
The College of Business Administration at Clarion University has full accreditation of its academic programs by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This highly prestigious accreditation places Clarion's business program among the best and biggest business schools in the country. Clarion University also has American Bar Association approval of its paralegal program, National Council on Economic Education accreditation of its Center for Economic Education, registration of the Financial Planning curriculum with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and state board continuing education accreditation approval in accounting, legal, real estate, and insurance education.