DELAND, Fla., (July 22, 2013) – Stetson University has named Georgios Bakamitsos Associate Dean of Graduate Business Studies for its School of Business Administration.
In addition to teaching, Bakamitsos will manage all graduate business programs including the Professional MBA on the DeLand and Celebration campuses, Executive MBA at the Celebration campus, JD/MBA at Stetson’s Gulfport campus, Master of Accountancy, Master of Accountancy Online, and Pharma/MBA joint degree program with the University of Florida. He will also assist in designing global initiatives and partnerships ensuring a high quality of education for Stetson graduate business students, and maintain Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation standards.
“Georgios displays the experience, vision, and ability to help lead our graduate programs to national and global recognition,” said Tom Schwarz, dean of the School of Business Administration. “Georgios is at the forefront of our recently developed strategic focus to expand the significance of our graduate programs into preeminence along the I-4 corridor.”
As the Associate Dean for Graduate Business Studies at Stetson, Bakamitsos is eager to begin working on graduate programs for business majors. After completing a program audit, Bakamitsos will decide the most appropriate offerings based on mission and core competencies and then redeploy resources most effectively for the greatest outcomes.
“I sense that people at Stetson have a strong connection to the university,” said Bakamitsos about his decision to come to Stetson, “and that is key to success. Stetson pays attention to quality. Scale is important but quality is more important, and we have to ensure we grow the scale without compromising the quality.” Bakamitsos plans to work with Stetson’s College of Law in Gulfport, Fla., to offer joint programs and to establish more of a presence in Tampa.
With an MBA and PhD in marketing, Bakamitsos’ primary research focus is in consumer behavior. His current work examines context effects and explores two key themes: affect and technology. He is currently working on two manuscripts for the Journal of Consumer Research and has four other research works in progress.
“I tell friends back home what sets Stetson apart is that it has class,” said Bakamitsos. “It’s small but visible nationally and internationally, and recognized for excellence in many areas. The quality of the programs and the learning experience for students is very important to me.”
“Associate Dean Bakamitsos exemplifies Stetson’s core values and high aspirations. It is an honor and pleasure to welcome him to the Stetson community,” said Beth Paul, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs for Stetson University.
Originally from Greece, Bakamitsos was most recently the assistant dean of the Stewart Center for Executive Education for Tulane University in New Orleans. In that position he was responsible for oversight of executive education. Bakamitsos helped to direct and implement new programs for both marketing and the business school when Tulane re-opened after Hurricane Katrina.
Bakamitsos will be working from the Stetson University Center at Celebration in Celebration, Fla.
Contact: Janie Graziani, University Marketing