Marshall to welcome new deans of business, honors colleges

Marshall University has hired two new deans, Dr. Gayle Ormiston, the university’s provost, announced last week.

Ormiston said Dr. Haiyang Chen, a professor and founding managing director with The Global Financial Services Institute in the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J., has been appointed as the new dean of the College of Business and Dr. Ronald J. Bieniek, director of New Faculty Programs and the Learning Enhancement Across Disciplines Program at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., has been named the new dean of the  Honors College.

“Both Dr. Chen and Dr. Bieniek have extensive experience in their respective fields and each stood out among the many excellent candidates we had for these two important positions,” Ormiston said. “We look forward to working closely with them. Both are enthusiastic and eager to get started. We believe each of these two colleges will flourish under the leadership of these new deans.”

Both Chen and Bieniek assume their new positions July 1.

Chen will bring with him to Marshall three guiding principles he believes have helped him succeed during the past 25 years. Those principles are community, quality and integrity.

“Community means that we adhere to a common purpose and this common purpose connects all of the key stakeholders together, providing a more comprehensive meaning to what we do,” Chen said. “Quality means that we are committed to high standards in all areas associated with our mission. This commitment supports the common purpose. Integrity means that we adhere to and maintain faith in our mission and goals.”

Chen has been at his current position at Global Financial Services Institute since 2008. Princeton Review rates Global as one of the top 300 business schools in the country for its MBA program.

Previously, Chen was head of Graduate Business Programs from 1994 to 1995 at the Williamson College of Business Administration  at Youngstown State University. From 1995 to 2002, he was a professor of finance at the Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown.

From 2002 to 2008, Chen served as Founding Director of  E*TRADE FINANCIAL Learning Center with the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University.

Chen earned his master’s degree in economics from Kent State University in 1987 and his Ph.D. in finance, also from Kent, in 1990.

Bieniek has been in his current position at Missouri University of Science & Technology since 2001.

“I am extremely excited about joining Marshall’s Thundering Herd as the new dean of the Honors College,” he said. “I feel truly fortunate to have been selected for this position on the provost’s leadership team.”

Bieniek said one of the major goals of an Honors College is to enrich the depth of knowledge, human insights, professional bearing and global perspectives of its talented students for their own personal well-being and that of society.

“I want alumni to say with proud assurance, ‘Through my Honors College experience at Marshall, I have been empowered to have a rewarding life, engage in life-long learning, and make meaningful contributions to our world,’ ” he said.

Bieniek said he has long been involved with improving success of students through their personal achievement, active engagement and broadened horizons.

“I will bring this spirit and dedication with me to Marshall,” he said.

Bieniek earned his master’s degree in history of science from Harvard University in 1973, and his Ph.D. in Physics, also from Harvard, in 1975.