The University of New Hampshire has named Lucy Gilson dean of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, effective Aug. 15, 2022. Gilson will succeed Deborah Merrill-Sands, who is retiring as dean of the college after serving in the role for more than seven years.
Gilson comes to UNH from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where she has served as professor and associate dean for faculty and outreach. She joined the faculty in the management department in 2000 and served as chair of the department from 2015 to 2019.
In her various roles at UConn, Gilson – a world-renowned researcher of creativity and virtual teams – 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 for faculty and outreach at the UConn School of Business, Gilson was responsible for overseeing the school’s faculty and research portfolio, as well as the staff and associated budgets for communications, alumni relations, external relations, global programming, IT and the doctoral program. She founded the Women’s MBA Association in 2007 and established a Women in Business Fund in 2020 that seeks to improve the diversity and experience of women, raising close to $500,000 from more than 100 donors in one year.
Until Gilson begins at UNH on Aug. 15, Vicky Parker, associate dean for graduate education and faculty administration, will serve as interim dean beginning July 1.