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March 6, 2006

Photo: William C. (Curt) Hunter, currently dean and distinguished professor of finance at the University of Connecticut School of Business, who has been named dean of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

Hunter Named Dean Of Henry B. Tippie College Of Business

William C. (Curt) Hunter, currently dean and distinguished professor of finance at the University of Connecticut School of Business, has been named dean of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Hunter succeeds Gary C. Fethke, dean of the college since July 1, 1994, who will step downon July 1, 2006. 

"Dr. Hunter comes to us with a superb reputation as a scholar and administrator," said UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan.  "He brings to the position broad experience in the academic and business worlds, an impressive record of success and an exciting vision for the future of the college. I think he's exactly the person we need to keep up the momentum Dean Fethke has built and to help us bring the college to the next level of excellence."

Fethke will continue to serve as a member of the business faculty as the Leonard A. Hadley Professor in Leadership.

Hunter's salary will be $350,000, which includes his base salary as a senior member of the faculty, his administrative supplement as dean of the Tippie College and his summer compensation. In December, UI business graduate Henry B. Tippie made a $5 million gift commitment to the UI Foundation that endows the deanship at the Tippie College.

"I am extremely excited to be leading the Tippie College of Business at this important juncture," Hunter said. "The college has achieved great things under the leadership of Dean Fethke and his senior management team. My challenge is not only to build on this success but to do it in a way that has every Tippie College of Business stakeholder actively engaged and committed to contributing their best to the college."

P. Barry Butler, dean of the UI College of Engineering, was chair of the Tippie College dean search committee, which unanimously and strongly endorsed Hunter as the top candidate for the position. 

"Dr. Hunter will provide strong leadership at the Tippie College and at the university level. He will connect well with the local, national and global business communities," Butler said. "Gary Fethke has been a very innovative leader in growing the Tippie College of Business to its national stature. The committee is confident that Dean Hunter can continue that upward movement." 

Butler added that Hunter was clearly one of the best dean candidates available in the country.

During his tenure as dean and distinguished professor of finance, the University of Connecticut School of Business rose in national prominence as shown by national business school rankings. The school also attracted prominent corporate partners for its experiential learning initiatives and recruited and retained an outstanding research and teaching faculty.

Hunter came to the University of Connecticut in 2003 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, where he served as senior vice president and director of research from 1995. From 1988 to 1995, he held appointments as research officer and senior financial economist, and then as vice president in charge of basic research, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. With expertise in the areas of monetary policy, banking and financial markets, and regional economics and programs, he has consulted with numerous private corporations and government agencies -- including central banks and official agencies in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Korea, Russia, the People's Republic of China, Italy, Switzerland and the Republic of China (Taiwan). 

After receiving a bachelor of science degree in business and economics from the Hampton Institute, Hunter earned the MBA in finance and Ph.D. in finance and environment at Northwestern University. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of finance at Chicago State University and went on to hold faculty positions at the University of Georgia, Atlanta University and Emory University. 

A distinguished and respected scholar, Hunter has published more than 80 articles in leading academic and policy journals and has edited seven books.  He is co-editor of the Journal of Financial Stability and serves on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals.   

Hunter received a Career Achievement Award from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992, the Pioneer Award from the Chicago Urban Bankers Forum in 1996, and a Chicago Fed Presidential Award for Excellence in 1999.

The University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs that consistently place it among the top 30 public business schools in the nation. Students can receive a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in one of six areas including accounting, economics, finance, management and organizations, management information systems, and marketing. Undergraduate students can also earn certificates in International Business and Entrepreneurship. The college also offers several graduate programs including an MBA, a Master of Accountancy, and Ph.D. degrees. The college currently enrolls 1,596 undergraduates; 147 graduate students in its masters and doctoral programs; and 938 professional (MBA) students in the Tippie School of Management, including 754 off-campus students.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan, 319-335-3565

EDITORS' NOTE: To interview Dr. Hunter by participating in a conference call today at 1:15 (CST) p.m., please notify George McCrory at University News Services, 319-384-0012.