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Misty Johanson Named Interim Business Dean

School of Hospitality Leadership Director Assumes New Role July 1

Dr. Misty Johanson
Dr. Misty Johanson
DePaul University Provost Marten denBoer has named Misty Johanson, PhD, to serve as interim dean of the Driehaus College of Business and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, effective July 1.

"I'm delighted that Dr. Johanson has accepted the invitation to lead the Driehaus College of Business during this time of transition," denBoer says. "Her nearly 20 years of experience in education, combined with her outstanding leadership skills, welcoming character and financial acumen will serve the college well."

Johanson currently serves as professor and director of the School of Hospitality Leadership and the associate dean of the Driehaus College of Business. She joined DePaul in 2009 to establish the hospitality school and became its director in 2014. She is the first woman to serve in the role as dean for DePaul’s business college.

Under her leadership, the hospitality school, which is part of the college, has earned accolades for both its innovative teaching and faculty research. The Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education recognized DePaul's hospitality and leadership program as the best in Illinois in 2015. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation awarded the school with a $1.8 million grant in 2016 to create and endow a new Center for Student Development and Engagement. The center, believed to be the first of its kind in the country, provides professional development and mentoring opportunities with industry leaders. A new Executive in Residence program, funded by Hyatt and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, brings executives into the School of Hospitality Leadership to network with faculty, advise students and connect them with Chicago's world-class hospitality industry. Johanson will continue to lead the School of Hospitality Leadership during her interim appointment.

In addition to receiving multiple excellence in teaching awards, Johanson has published more than 50 top refereed scholarly articles and two text books. In 2015, she became executive editor of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, the hospitality field's top research journal. Prior to joining DePaul, Johanson was a faculty member in the University of Hawaii's and Georgia State University's hospitality programs. She started her hospitality career with Marriott International after graduating from Michigan State University. She returned to MSU to complete her master's and doctoral degrees in hospitality business and tourism.

"There is nothing that drives me more than preparing highly qualified students to succeed in a wide array of business and management fields," Johanson says. "As interim dean, I look forward to a continued collaboration with faculty and staff within the college, as well as our many industry partners in Chicago."

Current business dean, Ray Whittington, will step down at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. After serving as dean for more than 10 years, Whittington will return to his prior role as the director of the School of Accountancy & Management Information Systems.

 The Office of the Provost expects the dean search for the Driehaus College of Business to begin in the 2017-18 academic year. 

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