Walsh University Appoints Dean of the DeVille School of Business

On behalf of Walsh University, Dr. Mike Dunphy, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has announced the appointment of Marc Anthony Fusaro, Ph.D., as Dean of the DeVille School of Business (DSoB) following a national search conducted by a cross-enterprise committee and Hyatt-Fennel, Executive Search. Dr. Fusaro will succeed Dr. Michael A. Petrochuk who was appointed Interim Dean in August 2021 and guided the DSoB through its recent ACBSP accreditation.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Marc Fusaro to Walsh University.  I know he will bring the DeVille School of Business to new heights using his strong array of experience and skills as we continue to build Walsh 4.0 strategies and raise the School’s reputation regionally, nationally and internationally,” said Dr. Dunphy. “Much gratitude to Dr. Petrochuk for his service over the past two years as Interim Dean. We are all very excited to work with Dr. Fusaro and support his vision for the future of the School.

Most recently, Dr. Fusaro served as an Associate Professor of Economics and the Associate Dean of the School of Business at Emporia State University (ESU) in Kansas, where he was responsible for AACSB accreditation, managing and growing the school’s graduate degree programs, and international partnerships. As director of graduate programs, he spearheaded the new Global MBA from concept to launch. He is also the creator and manager of the Emporia State Economic Index (ESEI), following economic data for the state of Kansas, and he serves as a media resource for economic analysis of the economy and economic data.

At ESU, Dr. Fusaro negotiated with Tsinghua Holdings DaoKou Wealth Beijing to jointly deliver an MBA program primarily online in Mandarin Chinese, he also negotiated a partnership with Islamic University of Technology, and he worked with the University of Dhaka to recruit participants for a Management Essentials for Executives course. Last year, there were 582 students in his graduate programs, including 161 in the Mandarin Language MBA, 370 in the other online programs and 51 on campus.

“I am excited to join the DeVille School of Business team to advance the Walsh University mission,” said Dr. Fusaro. “As a product of Catholic education, a participant in multiple state institutions of higher education at both the faculty and administrator levels, and as a Catholic school parent, I have lived and seen the power of Catholic education to lead souls to find their life’s purpose. As I look back on the last year of my life, I can see that God has been leaving His bread crumbs, leading me to Walsh.”

In the community, Dr. Fusaro has served as board member for the Rotary Club of Emporia since 2019, a facilitator and participant of the Leadership Emporia Academy since 2018, a Scoutmaster and Cubmaster for Boy Scouts of America, and he’s volunteered for the Sacred Heart School Operations Committee.

 His research interests include banking industry market structure and household financial management with particular interest in overdraft checks, debit card usage and payday loans. Dr. Fusaro has published his research in numerous academic journals including Economic Inquiry, the Journal of Macroeconomics, and the Journal of Consumer Policy.

Dr. Fusaro earned a B.A. in economics and mathematics from the University of Scranton and a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.  Before Kansas, he was on the faculty of the College of Business at Arkansas Tech University, on the economics faculty at East Carolina University, on the research staff of the Economic Analysis department at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and in the Emerging Payments Research Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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