Stevenson University appoints new department chairs in Brown School of Business and Leadership

Stevenson University announces the appointment of two new department chairs in the Brown School of Business and Leadership. Deborah Leather, new chair of the Department of Business Administration, will begin in July, and Larry Burgee, new chair of the Department of Information, will begin in August.

“We have found two exceptional leaders for our departments, and we greatly look forward to working with them to advance the mission of the School,” said Shelton Rhodes, Ph.D., Dean of the Brown School of Business and Leadership. A key priority for the new department chairs will be to improve existing curriculum and to create new degree programs.

“With their vision and direction, we will give students the education and experience that they need to succeed in today’s dynamic business environment,” added Rhodes.

Leather earned her Doctor in Business Administration (DBA) from George Washington University and has served in several roles at Towson University, including as associate provost, associate vice president for Instructional Technologies and Dean of Library, and interim provost. Prior to joining Towson University, Leather served in similar roles at Marymount University in Arlington, Va., for nearly a decade. She has a proven record of scholarship and will hold the rank of professor of Business Administration.

Burgee holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola College of Maryland. He has extensive experience in teaching abroad and in private industry, and most recently served as assistant professor of e-Business and Technology Management in the College of Business and Economics at Towson University. Prior to joining Towson University, Burgee was the executive director of Lattanze Center for Executive Studies in Information at Loyola College. He will hold the rank of associate professor of Information Systems at Stevenson.

The Brown School of Business and Leadership, located on Stevenson’s Owings Mills campus, opened in Fall 2008. In April 2009, publisher and entrepreneur Steve Forbes visited the school for its dedication and naming in honor of Baltimore-area builder and developer Howard S. Brown. Home to Stevenson’s undergraduate degree programs in accounting, economics and finance, business administration, information systems, and legal studies, the school features a new state-of-the-art mock trial courtroom for the University’s Forensic Studies program, a business and law library, 12 classrooms, six computer labs, two distance learning classrooms, and a student lounge. Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

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