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Yochum Appoints Karande as Associate Dean in Business College

kkarande-kiran-karandeKiran Karande

Dean Gil Yochum of Old Dominion University's College of Business and Public Administration has made a new appointment to the leadership team for the college.

Kiran Karande, professor of marketing, has been appointed associate dean for executive programs and external affairs with responsibility for the college's M.B.A. program, its Executive Development Center (EDC) and external relations.

Karande succeeds Larry "Chip" Filer, associate professor of economics, who will rejoin the Department of Economics and participate in its research activities.

Karande, who received a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Houston, and an M.B.A. and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Bombay, has been at ODU since 1996. Prior to joining academia, he served as a brand manager for a number of consumer products in India. He has published more than 35 journal articles and serves on the editorial board of reputed marketing journals.

"I am excited about the potential offered by the online and in-class M.B.A. programs, as well as the opportunities to serve the business community through the Executive Development Center," Karande said. "Developing long-term relationships with the students, alumni and business community is crucial for the college, and I hope to use my experience in accomplishing that."

Filer, who has been at ODU since 1999, served as director of the college's M.B.A. program from 2010-13, and as associate dean from 2012-13, overseeing the consolidation of the M.B.A. program and EDC to provide a central location for individuals seeking a development program at any point in their career.

A Ph.D. graduate of the University of Kentucky in 1999, Filer is an expert in Federal Reserve policy and international macroeconomics, which will be an important complement to the research expertise in the Department of Economics and the ODU Economic Forecasting Project.

"I want to thank Dean Yochum for providing me the opportunity to lead the M.B.A. program and the Executive Development Center the last three years," Filer said.

"I am very excited to rejoin my colleagues in the economics department. I look forward to working with them as they continue to produce high-quality economic research.

ODU's Economic Forecasting Project prepares a yearly national and regional forecast, updated every quarter.

Under the direction Vinod Agarwal, professor of economics, the Economic Forecasting Project has become highly respected locally and nationally for its accurate, impartial snapshot and forecasts for the local and national economy. Gary Wagner, professor of economics, is the other member of the Economic Forecasting team. The team's next annual forecast is scheduled to be delivered in late January.