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WCB finds new dean

Xavier finds marketing professor from SLU to fill vacancy

By Kris Reily
On March 21, 2012

On Monday, March 12 Dr. Scott Chadwick, Xavier Provost
and Chief Academic Officer, announced the selection of Dr.
Brian Till as the new dean for the Williams College of Business. Till is a professor of marketing and the Chair of the marketing department at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business. He begins his new position
at Xavier on July 1. Till takes the place of former dean Dr.
Ali Malekzadeh who is now the Edgerley Family Dean of Business Administration at Kansas State University.
In email correspondence Till said, "I know that Xavier and the
Williams College of Business has good positive momentum.
I'm looking forward to getting to know the faculty, staff and
students and exploring ways that we can enhance the Williams College of Business as an even better place to work and study. There is a good energy on campus and I look forward to contributing to that." On faculty at SLU since 1995, and the marketing department chair since 2003, Till has experience in the collegiate educational field and a background in corporate marketing consulting and brand management. He was also named the Clarence and Helen Steber Professor of Marketing in 2007. "At SLU, my work has been divided among leading the Marketing Department, teaching, and working on academic research. In coming to Xavier, my role will be focused entirely on leading the Williams College of Business and exploring ways to enhance the Williams College of Business's visibility in the Cincinnati area," Till said. Till brings a strong history of working at Jesuit universities to Xavier, as he was also a visiting professor at Loyola University Chicago from 2010-11. He highlighted three ways he hopes to incorporate
Jesuit values in his new position, "I think it is important that undergraduate business students have a very strong liberal arts core as part of their degree. [It is also] important to include values and ethics as part of decision-
making throughout the business curriculum. [Lastly,] it is important to provide interested students co-curricular opportunities to be of service to others." Till's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from University of Texas, Austin; an MBA from University of Texas, Austin; and a Ph.D in Business Marketing from University of South Carolina. In 2009, he co-authored a book titled The Truth About Creating Brands People Love and has published many academic articles. His hobbies and interests include, "running, board games, travel, following Longhorn (University of Texas) sports, and, right now, learning Spanish."

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