About the College

Leadership Team

Gert-Jan de Vreede

GJ de Vreede is the interim dean for the Muma College of Business and a professor in the School of Information Systems and Management. He has taught undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and executive courses in areas such as agile software development, systems analysis and design, teamwork/facilitation and research methods. He has been recognized by Stanford University as a top 2% researcher worldwide. He has previously served as associate dean for research and professional programs, interim dean at the university's Sarasota-Manatee campus, and associate chair for his department.

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Gary Patterson

Gary Patterson has been appointed as dean of the Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance and Muma St. Petersburg campus dean effective immediately. Patterson began work at USF in 2000 as an assistant professor on the St. Petersburg campus.

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Joni Jones

Joni Jones was selected to serve as the campus dean for the Muma College of Business in Sarasota-Manatee. Jones is an associate professor in the School of Information Systems and Management who teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in systems analysis and design, business honors professional development, and research methods.

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Timothy B. Heath

Timothy B. Heath is interim dean for research and professional programs in the Muma College of Business, while serving as professor and Muma Fellow in the School of Marketing and Innovation. His research investigates issues in branding, persuasion, and innovation.

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Jennifer Cainas

Jennifer Cainas was promoted to associate dean for financial management and undergraduate programs. Cainas is the Lynn Pippenger Teaching Fellow in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy. She has received numerous teaching awards, including the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award at USF.

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Jean D. Kabongo

Jean D. Kabongo serves as associate dean for academic affairs and accreditation and as chief diversity officer. Kabongo has been the campus dean for the Muma College of Business in Sarasota-Manatee since July 2020. He is a professor of strategic management and entrepreneurship in the School of Marketing and Innovation and students have chosen Kabongo to receive the campus’ Outstanding Professor Award four times since 2015.

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Cihan Cobanoglu

Cihan Cobanoglu is the dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. The school became part of the Muma College of Business in 2020. Cobanoglu is responsible for providing leadership to the faculty, students and industry constituents. He is also serving as the Director of International Partnerships for the Muma College of Business.

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Kaushik Dutta

Kaushik Dutta has nearly 20 years of professional and research experience in the field of enterprise information technology infrastructure, data analytics and big data systems. He is the director of the School of Information Systems and Management.

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Doug Hughes

Doug Hughes is a professor of marketing and director of the School of Marketing & Innovation. He began his full-time duties in 2019, coming from the Michigan State University's Broad College of Business. He leads a school that includes programs in marketing, supply chain management, sport and entertainment management, sales, entrepreneurship and global business.

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Steven Miller

Steven Miller is an associate professor of finance at USF's Muma College of Business in Sarasota-Manatee. He is the director of the School of Risk Management and Insurance. Miller joined USF in 2019.

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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is the director in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy and he is also the Dan and Tina Johnson Distinguished Professor of Accountancy. He joined USF in 2019.

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