Provost Jones Announces New Paul College Dean

Dear Colleagues --
I am pleased to share that after a national search we will welcome Lucy Gilson as dean of the Paul College of Business and Economics, effective Aug. 15. Lucy comes to us from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where she currently serves as professor and associate dean for faculty and outreach. She has been a faculty member in the management department since 2000 and served as chair of the department from 2015-2019.

In addition to being a world-renowned researcher of creativity and virtual teams, Lucy brings a wealth of experience to the dean’s office. In her various roles at UConn, she redesigned the management undergraduate major to increase enrollment, retention, and placement success; created interdisciplinary minors; worked with the dean’s advisory council to enhance the impact of faculty scholarship to the business community; and restructured the dean’s office to align communications, IT, alumni, and external relations. As associate dean she is responsible for overseeing the school’s faculty and research portfolio, and oversees the staff and associated budgets for communications, alumni relations, external relations, global programming, IT, and the doctoral program. Lucy founded the Women’s MBA Association in 2007 and established in 2020 a Women in Business Fund that seeks to improve the diversity and experience of women, raising close to half a million dollars from more than 100 donors in just one year.

Thank you to the search committee—co-chaired by Mike Decelle and Peter Lane—for its support and work to identify a strong pool of qualified candidates. Please join me in welcoming Lucy to the UNH community and congratulating Deborah Merrill-Sands on her retirement and years of service in the dean’s office. Until Lucy joins us, Vicky Parker, associate dean for graduate education and faculty administration, will serve as interim dean beginning July 1.
Best regards,
Wayne Jones
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs