Arkansas State University has named its inaugural Neil Griffin Endowed Dean of the Griffin College of Business. A-State Provost Alan Utter announced that Meloy Lo would be assuming the endowed professorship.
Most recently, Lo served as a professor of economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She served as the chair of the UTSA economics department from 2104 to 2019, where she created new multidisciplinary concentrations, in financial economics and business data analysis and forecasting, at the master’s degree level, as well as updated the undergraduate curriculum in the department.
Pending ASU System Board of Trustees approval, Lo is expected to begin her role on July 1, 2020.
“We are looking forward to Dr. Lo’s skill both within academia and in creating alliances with local and national business and industry,” Utter said in a statement. “For our Griffin Dean, we wanted someone who could enhance the existing relationships and pioneer new ones, both on and off campus.”
The position was named after alumnus Neil Griffin, who provided the largest individual personal gift to Arkansas State University.
“Having been a first-generation college student in Taiwan and then pursuing a doctorate as an international student in the United States, this is a very humbling moment for me to be chosen as the next dean to lead the Neil Griffin College of Business,” Lo said. “I deeply appreciate the confidence that Provost Utter, the search committee, and the university leadership team have placed in me, and I’m excited about the future prospects for A-State.
Lo holds a doctorate and master’s degree from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. She became an assistant professor at UTSA in 2006, was named an associate professor in 2008, and became a full professor in 2016. She has also served as a research associate at the Hobby School of Public Affairs’ Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston since 2007.