Sue Lehrman, Ph.D., Appointed Dean of the School of Business Administration

Sue Lehrman, Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the School of Business Administration in the College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. Dr. Lehrman, who currently is the dean of the School of Business at Providence College in Rhode Island, will join Philadelphia University in her new role on May 1, 2011.

“Dr. Lehrman’s background is exceptionally well-suited to advancing active, collaborative and transdisciplinary learning,” said Randy Swearer, Ph.D., Philadelphia University provost. “With a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation strategies, Dr. Lehrman has a proven record of implementing design thinking to achieve real-world solutions in higher education environments. We are delighted to welcome her to Philadelphia University.”

As dean of the School of Business at Providence College, Dr. Lehrman oversaw the AACSB accreditation preparation process.  She is also the former founding president and dean of the faculty at Union Graduate School in Schenectady, N.Y., where she was responsible for the development of three new degree programs, including a joint master of science in bioethics program with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  In addition, she taught courses in management, marketing, strategic planning and health care management, becoming a full professor in 2003.

A graduate of Oregon State University, Dr. Lehrman holds both doctorate and master’s degrees of public health from the University of California at Berkeley’s Program in Health Services Administration and Policy Analysis.  Earlier in Dr. Lehrman’s career, she was associated for 10 years with what is now Ascension Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in the U.S., where she was strategically placed to address new problems and capitalize on opportunities. Dr. Lehrman has an extensive background in research, publishing and consulting in the areas of HIV/AIDS case management and assessing and managing organization outcomes.

Dr. Lehrman will succeed Harvey Lermack, who has served as interim dean since January 2010. His strong leadership allowed the School of Business Administration to make significant progress in areas that were crucial to the future of the SBA, such as curriculum development and AACSB accreditation. Lermack will continue as interim dean until Dr. Lehrman arrives on campus on May 1. He will then return to his position as a member of the faculty.

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