Dean creates faculty position at College of Business Administration

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Michael Mikhail, dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Photo: Scott Thompson

Gift from Michael Mikhail, Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, aims to inspire and empower college faculty and recognize the impact they have on knowledge formation and business leadership.

The Mikhail Chair will support an academic who has been successful in research and has demonstrated excellence in teaching and service.

He is also a direct contributor to IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC Business, which aims to redefine business education. Funding faculty is a key campaign priority for the college, the impact of which is an increased academic profile and better student success, according to Mikhail, who previously supported scholarships and other college priorities. colleges and universities for student success.

“The Mikhail Chair will attract and recognize the most qualified scholars while promoting faculty diversity, which contributes to the comprehensive business education and career readiness we offer our UIC business students,” said said Mikhail, who is also an accounting professor. “This directly supports my vision, values ​​and goals for the college and demonstrates my commitment to the bright future of UIC Business.”

Sixty-five percent of faculty in the college tenure system have been hired since Mikhail arrived in 2012. The Mikhail Chair adds to years of investment in faculty and research excellence that has played an important role in increasing the college ranking and the academic and professional achievements of the students. UIC Business has been ranked the top undergraduate business program in Chicago seven of the past nine years (2013-2021), according to US News & World Report.

“Almost ten years ago, Dean Mikhail joined UIC Business to lead us into the future, setting us on the path to realizing the promise of our potential,” said Michael Kirschenheiter, UIC Professor and Head of accountability. “Under his leadership, UIC Business has embarked on an ambitious journey that has increased our research profile, improved student experiences, and strengthened our ties to the Chicago business community. His generous donation of a professorship is another sign of his passion and support for the UIC community.

At UIC’s College of Business Administration, expert faculty provide hands-on training to meet the challenges of today’s business environment. UIC Business uses world-renowned research faculty, a close connection to the Chicago business community, and a network of 37,000 alumni to deliver proven business education to more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Degree options include eight bachelor’s degrees, six specialized master’s degrees, an MBA, an online MBA, and a doctoral program.

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