Cummings named Dean of Walker School of Business & Technology

  • February 27, 2017
  • By WashU Olin Business School
  • 3 minute read

Simone Cummings, associate dean of Academic Quality Assurance for the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology and an associate professor in the Business Department at Webster University, was appointed the new dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology, it was announced Feb. 24, 2017, according to a news release from Webster.

Cummings has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis (1988), a master’s in Health Administration from Washington University (1991), and a PhD in Health Policy and Administration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Cummings assumes her new position at the Walker School in June 2017.

“Simone has a proven capacity to lead,” said Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, president of Webster University. “In her time at Webster she has made significant contributions not only to the Walker School but to the university community. We are confident that she will build on the Walker School’s position here in St. Louis and across Webster’s locations to assure that our students gain the knowledge and skills needed to thrive now and in their career lifetimes.”

Julian Schuster, Webster University’s provost, senior vice president and chief operating officer, said that Cummings’ experience in accreditation and research will help the school exceed accreditation standards and open new opportunities for student research and experiential learning.

“It is important that students of the Walker School of Business & Technology develop a broad, ethical and global education,” said Schuster. “Simone has the skills and leadership ability to help the Walker School of Business & Technology continue to grow in that direction. She has great experience with the business world and I look forward to continuing to work with her as she leads the school.”

Cummings joined the Walker School in 2013 as an associate professor of management, teaching finance and statistics courses in the Master of Health Administration program. In 2015 she began her role as Associate Dean of Academic Quality Assurance.

“I am honored to be selected as dean of the Walker School of Business & Technology and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students to build upon our existing strengths and create new strengths — to grow our enrollment, enhance our reputation and facilitate our students’ academic and professional success,” Cummings said. “Webster University is a truly global university and we are uniquely equipped to help students become global business leaders.”

Prior to joining the Walker faculty, she worked for a number of hospitals, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Regional Hospital and Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. She has also held faculty positions at Simmons College in Boston and Washington University in St. Louis.

Cummings has been published in a number of journals including the American Journal on Addictions, the Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law, the Journal of Addiction Medicine, Health Services Research and the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with nearly 16,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to ensuring high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

Source: Webster University news release

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