Lundquist College of Business undergoes leadership changes

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Bruce Blonigen, currently the interim Tykeson Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will take the helm of the Lundquist College of Business beginning July 15, serving a two-year appointment as dean.

The current dean, Sarah Nutter, has decided to return to the faculty after serving as Edward Maletis Dean of the Lundquist College of Business and professor of accounting since 2017. In an email to campus announcing the changes, Provost Patrick Phillips said he appointed Blonigen after consulting with Lundquist College faculty and staff, as well as other stakeholders.

Blonigen has been at the UO for more than 25 years and has served in various leadership roles, including department head in economics, associate dean for social sciences, dean for faculty and operations in the College of Arts and Sciences, and interim dean of the Lundquist College of Business.

“A capable and experienced administrator and mission-driven leader, the tenure of this appointment will allow Bruce to bring his strengths to bear in fostering a positive and inclusive work and learning environment within the college, ensuring successful faculty recruitment and retention, and working collaboratively with my office to advance the university’s goals through his strategic leadership and effective advocacy,” Phillips said. “This firsthand experience in LCB will no doubt help him as he returns to serve as dean. He brings a measure of familiarity with the college’s faculty and staff, culture, academic offerings, and budget.”

Nutter is returning to her faculty roots as a professor in the School of Accounting. Phillips said that under her leadership, the college and programs have undergone reaccreditation and broadened their international recognition. She has guided the implementation of new software and organizational and financial structures that have greatly improved administrative function and leaves the college in a very solid position for the next phase of development of the college.

“I am grateful to Sarah for her leadership,” he said. “Throughout her time as dean, including critical leadership throughout the pandemic, Sarah has shown keen dedication to the experience and success of our students and has been a strong champion of the college. Thanks to her leadership, the LCB jumped to its highest national ranking yet.”

Phillips appointed Karen Ford, dean for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, to serve as acting dean until September when the new college dean, Chris Poulsen, begins.