David R. Klock named dean of FIU’s College of Business.

David R. Klock, PhD, has been appointed dean of the College of Business and Ryder Eminent Scholar in Business, effective October 1, 2012, succeeding Joyce J. Elam, who became dean in 1998.

“Dr. Klock’s distinguished record as an academic and entrepreneurial leader makes him an excellent choice to lead the College of Business forward in its mission,” said Florida International University (FIU) Provost and Executive Vice President Douglas Wartzok. “He has a proven record of cultivating strong external support for the university’s goals during challenging financial times. Also, he has shown enormous personal generosity to his university community, and he understands the leadership role the College of Business can play in expanding our community’s entrepreneurial footprint.”

David R. Klock
David R. Klock

Currently dean of the School of Business at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) and Wells Fargo Chair of Business Administration, he has held other administrative and academic positions; was president, chief executive officer and then chairman of CompBenefits Corporation (sold to Humana in 2006); and serves on many corporate boards.

Deans share enthusiasm over appointment.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead FIU’s College of Business, an organization that is an exceptional international center of respected research, student growth and a true champion of entrepreneurship under Joyce Elam’s leadership,” said Klock, whose bachelor’s degree is in finance from Northeastern University in Boston, and whose master’s degree and doctorate are in finance from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. “I look forward to expanding on the college’s outstanding reputation in international business and extending its global reach.”

“I am pleased that someone of David Klock’s caliber has been chosen to lead the College of Business forward as a center of academic and entrepreneurial excellence,” said Elam, who will continue as dean of University College, overseeing FIU Online and the university’s market rate and continuing education programs. “We look forward to the contributions that his innovation and vision will bring to the university community.”

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