After a national search, Arcadia University is pleased to announce that Alla L. Wilson, Ph.D., has been named dean of its School of Global Business. Wilson, founding dean of the College of Business and Management at East Stroudsburg University, will assume her duties at Arcadia on June 1.
At East Stroudsburg, Wilson headed several initiatives for the College of Business and Management, now the largest academic unit at the university. She developed the Entrepreneurial Leadership Center, the Entrepreneurship Across the Curriculum program, a university-wide Student Business Plan Competition, and an assessment plan. She also led three program accreditations and helped to secure more than $1 million in grants and funding for various projects.
“Dr. Wilson’s experience in higher education and her business acumen reflect her extraordinary talent, strengths, and leadership ability,” said Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, president of Arcadia University. “These traits are integral for success in a field as nuanced and strategic as global business.”
Wilson previously held faculty positions at East Stroudsburg, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She also held leadership positions at Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, Wis., Colorado Springs Medical Center, and Maggie Springer and Associates in Appleton, Wis.
“With her extensive international background and experience as a founding dean at East Stroudsburg, Dr. Wilson brings compelling credentials in the field of business,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Arcadia. “Her strong global vision for the School of Global Business at Arcadia will serve the University well and help propel it forward in preparing students most effectively for success in global business.”
Wilson earned a doctorate in strategic management/organizational theory and an executive M.B.A. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also earned a certification for strategic planning from the Society for College and University Planning and completed the American Council on Education’s Women in Higher Education Leadership Program.
Wilson is affiliated with several community and professional organizations, including the Monroe County Business Education Partnership, the Academy of Business Disciplines, and the Mid-Atlantic Association for Colleges of Business Administration. She has published in the Annual Advances in Business Cases and the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, among other journals.
Arcadia’s School of Global Business offers bachelor’s degree and MBA programs. There are more than 30 faculty members currently in the school.