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McCord named interim dean of Lawrence Tech's College of Management as DeGennaro steps down

Release Date: May 5, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– Louis DeGennaro will retire as dean of the College of Management at Lawrence Technological University on June 30, and Associate Provost Alan McCord will serve as interim dean until a replacement is selected next year.

Associate Professor Jacqueline Stavros will serve as interim associate dean.

In making the announcements, Provost Maria Vaz said a new dean would be selected in time for the start of the 2012–13 academic year.

Following a sabbatical during the coming academic year, DeGennaro plans to return to the full-time faculty of the College of Management, which was created in 1939 and enrolls more than 900 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students.

“The College of Management has been transformed under Lou DeGennaro’s leadership, and we are grateful for his dedication and hard work, as well as the support he has provided to the College and the University throughout his years of service as an administrator,” Vaz said. “I know Dr. McCord and Dr. Stavros will do a wonderful job in continuing to move the College of Management forward.”

DeGennaro joined the faculty in 1971, and served as associate dean of Lawrence Tech’s College of Management and interim dean of the College of Engineering before become dean of the College of Management in 1996.

Under DeGennaro’s leadership, the College has added doctorate degree programs in business administration and information technology, as well as several new bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He developed an international MBA program, and some of its graduates now hold leadership positions in global companies.

McCord has served as associate provost and dean of graduate studies at Lawrence Tech for the past year.  He joined Lawrence Tech in 2003 as a professor of management and the academic director of information technology programs and operations.  In 2006, he became the executive director for the the University’s online initiatives, which were expanded into the new e-Learning Services department in 2009.

Prior to joining Lawrence Tech, McCord served as senior director for planning and coordination for the Information Technology Central Services at the University of Michigan, and executive director of university computing at Eastern Michigan University. He also has held administrative positions at Wayne State University and Oakland Community College.

McCord has a master’s degree and PhD in instructional technology from Wayne State University.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey, Traverse City and Toronto. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.