Memorandum June 12, 2019
- AU & WCL Faculty and Staff, AU & WCL Graduate Students
- Daniel J. Myers, Provost
- Wendy Boland, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
I am pleased to announce that Wendy Boland, who currently serves as associate dean for programs and learning at the Kogod School of Business, has agreed to assume the role of interim dean of graduate studies beginning on July 1. In leading the Office of Graduate Studies, she will work with the deans to develop elements of AU’s strategy related to ensuring robust enrollment in graduate programs, planning for the future of graduate learning, and solidifying the university’s strong reputation for graduate study.
Dr. Boland brings a wealth of experience to the role. She is currently responsible for all Kogod School of Business programs and services that support student development and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including online programs, global learning, business communications, career services, and instructional design. Prior to her current position, she served as Kogod’s associate dean of graduate programs from 2014 to 2017, overseeing nine on-campus graduate programs, three dual-degree programs, and several certificate programs. Through this position, she collaborated with faculty program directors, graduate advisors, the graduate admissions team, and other colleagues within the school and across campus. She also served on the Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Committee and Marketing Governance Committee.
Dr. Boland joined American University in August 2008 after completing her PhD in marketing at the University of Arizona. Her research interests are centered around decision making and risky consumption with a specific focus on the choices of children and adolescent consumers. Her work has been published in a variety of marketing and interdisciplinary journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Business Research, and Appetite.
Please join me in welcoming Wendy to this important leadership role.