Two business schools in Southeast Michigan have appointed new leadership.
Wayne State University named Virginia Kleist as the new dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business, taking over for Robert Forsythe, who has held the position since 2014, the Detroit-based university announced Monday.
Kleist, who comes to Detroit from West Virginia University, begins her new role July 11, according to a news release. Forsythe will take an administrative leave before returning to the faculty, according to the university.
In her previous job, Kleist was associate dean of Graduate Programs, Research and Academic Affairs and professor of Management Information Systems at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics.
“We had a number of outstanding candidates for this highly-coveted position, but Virginia’s extensive leadership experience and her preparedness stood out,” Mark Kornbluh, Wayne State provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said in the release.
Meanwhile, the University of Michigan appointed Sharon Matusik to be the next dean at Ross School of Business, the Ann Arbor-based university announced last week.
Matusik comes from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she served as dean since 2017. She takes over for Francine Lafontaine, who stepped into the role last May after Scott DeRue stepped down for a job in the private sector.
Matusik starts her role on Aug. 1 after being approved by the board of regents for a five-year term.
“As an academic leader, she has a strong record of accomplishment in critical areas — student success, diversifying the faculty, campus and community engagement — that will contribute to Michigan Ross achieving its goals,” UM Provost Laurie McCauley said in a news release.