Appointment Signals Continuing Growth and Innovation at Iona College
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Iona College has announced the appointment of William B. Lamb, Ph.D
., as its new dean of the School of Business, following an international search and review of more than 60 potential candidates to lead the burgeoning school.
Dr. Lamb, the Murata Dean of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, and a leading professor of entrepreneurship, begins his tenure at Iona on August 1. Lamb joins Iona at a pivotal time; the College recently announced plans for a new, state-of-the-art school of business facility and the establishment of the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.
“Will Lamb is a deeply accomplished academic and administrator, and an ideal choice to lead our business school to even higher levels of excellence and innovation,” said Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
“The entire Iona community, from trustees and senior leadership to faculty, students and alumni, is excited to welcome Dr. Lamb to our beautiful campus and work with him in building upon Iona’s proud, 77-year tradition of scholarship and career preparation. This is a very good day for Iona.”
Dr. Lamb succeeds Vincent J. Calluzzo, Ph.D.
, Iona’s current provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, who served for nearly 10 years as School of Business dean before moving to the provost’s role in July 2015, and Charles Cante, Ph.D.
, interim dean since 2015, who is a professor of information systems and previously served as associate dean.
“Will Lamb is the right person at the right time for the School of Business and for Iona College,” said Dr. Calluzzo. “With new facilities soon under construction and new programs in development, Dr. Lamb’s experience and skills are the perfect fit at this juncture in Iona’s history.”
Lamb’s areas of expertise include knowledge management, technology management and the birth and growth of higher technology industries. His research also has focused on the link between financial performance and corporate social performance.
“On behalf of the student body, I join in welcoming Dr. Lamb as our new Dean for the School of Business,” said Erin Kutch ’18
, incoming president of Iona’s Student Government Association. “Iona’s strong reputation overall and in business in particular will no doubt continue to grow under his tenure.”
William B. Lamb, Ph.D., new dean of Iona College School of Business
Dr. Lamb has served at the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College since 2014. The business-focused liberal arts college in the suburbs of Boston enjoys a worldwide reputation as a leader in entrepreneurship education. Dr. Lamb spent 13 years before that at Ohio University in a variety of administrative roles, including associate dean and department chair. In addition to considerable experience with online learning, he helped launch two new centers: The Walter Center for Strategic Leadership and the Center for Entrepreneurship.
Dr. Lamb's research has appeared in such outlets as IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
, Business & Society
, Industry & Innovation
, International Journal of Innovation Management
and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship
. He has won teaching awards at three universities: Virginia Tech, Millsaps College and Ohio University.
Lamb received a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of education in instructional technology at the University of Virginia. He earned his Ph.D. in strategic management, with minors in both social issues and philosophy, from Virginia Tech.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Dr. Lamb and his wife, Maria, have two daughters.
“This is a very exciting time to join Iona. The students, alumni, staff, faculty, and administration have worked extremely hard to take the College to new levels of accomplishment,” said Dr. Lamb. “It is an honor to join this community, and I can't wait to see what the coming years will bring.”
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. Iona’s 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of 40,000-plus around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious distinction awarded to just 5 percent of business schools worldwide.