New Dean Selected to Lead Muma College of Business

Tampa, FL (March 19, 2012) — Moez Limayem, a global scholar and researcher on information systems and emerging voice on the power of knowledge management and social media to shape world events, has been tapped as the next dean of the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida.

He is currently associate dean for research and graduate programs at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, where in addition to overseeing all graduate and executive education programs he supervises 11 outreach and research centers as well as the Global Engagement Office responsible for all of the college's international collaborations and activities. Previously a professor and director of the information systems graduate programs at Lausanne University in Switzerland, the Tunisian-born Limayem brings more than 17 years of experience in higher education and executive training gained in professional business, research and academic activities throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Also formerly chair of the management information systems department at Laval University in Quebec, Canada, Limayem earned his bachelor's degree in computer science applied to management from the University of Tunisia. He holds both an MBA and PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota.

"I have been very impressed by the excellent support that the Muma College of Business has from the effervescent business community in the Tampa Bay area," Limayem said. "I am excited, honored and proud to be appointed as dean of the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. The outstanding quality of faculty, staff and students made my decision to join this great institution very easy, and I look forward to working with them and our community partners to further enhance the national and international standing of the college."

Succeeding Robert Forsythe, Muma College of Business dean since 2006, Limayem assumes leadership of the college as it prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of awarding its first baccalaureate degrees in business administration in 1963. He is expected to begin on the Tampa campus in July, charged with enhancing the college's profile and resources, building program demand, and strengthening relationships with vital stakeholders including students, alumni, and local, national, and international leaders within the broader community.