Eller College announces Daniel A. Bens as associate dean and director of Eller MBA Programs
Associate professor of accounting steps up to succeed Brent Chrite.
TUCSON, Ariz. – January 28, 2009 – The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona announced today the appointment of associate professor of accounting Daniel A. Bens, the Frank and Susan Parise Faculty Fellow, as associate dean and director of the Eller MBA Programs.
Bens joined Eller in 2005 from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where he taught for six years. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Indiana University. His research interests include voluntary disclosure and capital markets, and have been cited in Fortune, Business Week, and several national newspapers.
“I’m pleased to welcome Dan into his new role with the Eller MBA programs,” says dean Paul Portney. “Through his teaching, he has come to understand the needs of our students well, and this perspective will be invaluable as he guides the program going forward.”
In 2007, Bens was recognized with the Eller MBA Distinguished Faculty Award; he plans to continue to teach in the programs. In his role as associate dean and director, he will assume leadership of the suite of Eller MBA programs: the traditional, full-time program; the 14-month Executive MBA; the 18-month Evening MBA; and the new, 12-month Accelerated MBA for young professionals who already hold business degrees, which begins this summer.
Current enrollment across the Eller MBA programs is about 350, and spans two campuses. In addition to its home at the University of Arizona’s McClelland Hall, the Eller MBA runs two programs out of its Scottsdale campus, located off the Loop 101 just north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
In his new role, Bens hopes to create new opportunities for students across programs to interact. “The student experience is not solely what happens in the classroom,” he says, “it’s also what happens in the network, and we have a big network.”
Bens succeeds Brent Chrite as associate dean; this month, Chrite joined Montclair State University as dean of its business school.
The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.
Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management
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