The word "interim" has been removed from the title of John W. Seybolt, who is the 10th dean of the University of Utah Graduate School of Business and College of Business. Seybolt had been interim dean since last October when a national search began for a successor to Iver E. Bradley.
Seybolt's appointment has been approved by the Executive Committee of the Institutional Council and will be submitted to the full council during its May 9 meeting. The appointment was announced by Joseph L. Taylor, vice president for academic affairs.An authority on organizational behavior, Seybolt has a bachelor's degree from Yale University, a master of business administration degree from the U. of U. and a doctorate degree from Cornell University. His faculty rank is professor of management.
Seybolt joined the U. of U. faculty in 1974 and is president-elect of the Western Academy of Management, an organization that selected him as one of the three scholars of promise in 1984.
When he was interim dean, Seybolt launched the business school on a course of consolidating and refining its present capabilities and future potential for promoting economic development in Utah and the Intermountain West, Taylor said.
"Twenty years ago the College of Business was a small local school. Today it has a national presence, with each of its four academic departments sharing the limelight," Seybolt said.
"The school is well-positioned to make significant contributions to Utah's economic development, but the college must develop and nurture the active support and encouragement of community and regional leaders," he said.
One of his priorities is to expand the college's business internship program to reach more companies and students. Since its start last year, the program has filled more than 200 internships with local companies frequently coming back for more.