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Rowan names new business dean

The new dean of Rowan's business school will start a listening tour to meet with 200 people in two months.

Sue Lehrman, the current dean of Philadelphia University's School of Business Administration, has been named dean of Rowan University's Rohrer College of Business.

"This is such a forward-looking, dynamic institution, and it's my goal that the business school take its place in the exciting things that are goign on, boldly step forward, engage deeply," Lehrman said at an announcement event Thursday.

Lehrman will start a listening tour to meet with 200 people in two months. One of her first projects will be developing a strategic plan for the business school, she said, "really very quickly ramping up a plan for how we are going to take our seat at the Rowan table as it moves so dramatically."

The university has set aggressive expansion plans, and the business school hopes to double enrollment in 10 years. Next year, it will move into a new, $63.2 million building.

Lehrman has been at Philadelphia University since 2011, when she left her post as the founding dean of the Providence College School of Business in Rhode Island.

In 2003, she was the founding president of Union Graduate College in Schenectady, New York, an independent affiliate of Union College.

"We have just great times ahead," Lehrman said Thursday.

"Even though I'm not officially starting until July 1 — and I want to start today, you take a job and you want to get going — but fortunately I have ton of vacation time at Philadelphia University," she said, "so I'm going to be here a lot."