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University of Mary Washington names founding dean for the College of Business

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Lynne D. Richardson has been named dean of the College of Business at the University of Mary Washington. She is the inaugural dean for the college, created in 2010 to unite two distinct business programs that had served different populations of students on the Fredericksburg and Stafford campuses.  Richardson assumes the post July 25. 

She will report directly to the Provost Jay Harper and will oversee matters regarding faculty, the curriculum, academic programs and academic support for the College of Business. The college has 24 full-time faculty and additional adjunct faculty.

Richardson comes to UMW from Mississippi State University where she served as the dean for the university’s College of Business for three and a half years and as a professor of marketing for four years. Prior to Mississippi State University, she was the dean of the Miller College of Business at Ball State University, where she also was a professor of marketing. She succeeds Larry Penwell, who has been acting dean of the College of Business since July 2010.

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