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March 20, 2007

David Hofmann named MBA Program
associate dean at UNC Kenan-Flagler

David A. Hofmann has been selected to become the next associate dean for the highly ranked MBA Program at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He will succeed Valarie Zeithaml effective July 1, 2007. Hofmann is a professor of organizational behavior/strategy.

“I am delighted that Dave Hofmann has agreed to succeed Valarie Zeithaml,” said Dean Steve Jones. “His experience teaching in the MBA core curriculum and serving as faculty director of our Leadership Development Initiative make him the ideal person to lead the MBA Program going forward.”

Hofmann’s research examines organizational climate, leadership, organizational change and modeling the influence of organizational factors on individual behavior and performance. He teaches courses in organizational behavior and leadership.

Zeithaml served as senior associate dean for academic affairs and marketing area chair at UNC Kenan-Flagler before serving as the MBA dean for four years.

She has been applying her pioneering work in services marketing to the benefit of the MBA Program, said Jones. “Her dedication to students, staff and faculty leave us stronger than ever and ready to build on the innovations and improvements that she led in the curriculum, admissions and career services.”


Dr. Timothy Wright of UNC School of Dentistry named first
Bawden distinguished professor of pediatric dentistry

Dr. J. Timothy Wright has been named the first Dr. James W. Bawden distinguished professor of pediatric dentistry within the UNC School of Dentistry.

Wright is chair of the school’s department of pediatric dentistry. Friends and colleagues of Dr. James Bawden, who was dean of the school from 1966 to 1974, established the endowed chair to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholar within the school’s department of pediatric dentistry.

The gift of more than $333,000 was provided by more than 165 individuals and organizations; the state’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund contributed $167,000 in matching funds to create an endowment exceeding $500,000. The professorship was established as part of the Carolina First Campaign, a comprehensive, multi-year, private fund-raising campaign that includes a goal of creating 200 endowed professorships.

“Dr. Bawden had an incredible vision for our school, and you see his influence in so many of our strengths – patient-centered research and collaboration with our fellow health affairs schools are just two examples,” said Dean John N. Williams. “Dr. Wright has directed almost the entirety of his career to advancing the field of pediatric dentistry, and his efforts have had a major influence on patient care, education and research at our school. He richly deserves this honor.”

Wright’s research interests include the diagnosis and treatment of developmental abnormalities in teeth that result from hereditary and environmental conditions, and understanding normal tooth development. He is the author of more than 130 journal publications, edited texts and chapters. Wright’s research has identified mutations in genes that are critical to normal tooth and bone formation. His research has provided the clinical tools to diagnose a variety of craniofacial conditions and has led to novel treatment approaches for disorders that are associated with devastating malformations involving the head and neck.


Sharpless garners
Burroughs Wellcome grant

Dr. Norman E. Sharpless, assistant professor of medicine and genetics at the UNC School of Medicine, has been awarded one of 11 Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The five-year, $750,000 awards are intended to support established, independent physician-scientists who are dedicated to translational research – the two-way transfer between laboratory research and patient treatment – and mentoring physician-scientist trainees.

Sharpless, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member, will use the funds to support his research on the role of tumor suppressor proteins in stem cell aging.   With collaborators, the Sharpless lab has established that certain stem cell compartments lose function with aging as the untoward result of expression of potent anti-cancer molecules. His lab now seeks to translate that knowledge into a molecular test for physiologic, as opposed to chronologic age in humans.

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