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Dr. Sylvia Maxfield will start as dean of the Providence
College School of Business on August 1.

 

​Dr. Sylvia Maxfield Appointed Dean of School of Business

After a nationwide search, Providence College has appointed Dr. Sylvia Maxfield, a faculty member at Simmons College and its School of Management in Boston, as dean of the School of Business.

“Sylvia has a great vision for the school and for the entire business program at Providence College that includes more inter-disciplinary work with other majors,” said College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley. O.P. ’80. “The school is already thriving, and I am confident that Dr. Maxfield, working together with our outstanding business faculty, will help us take it to an even greater level.”

Maxfield will begin work officially on August 1, leading the business school’s four undergraduate disciplines — accountancy, finance, management, and marketing — and its MBA Program.

“We are delighted that Dr. Maxfield will be joining us as our new dean,” said Dr. Patrick T. Kelly, associate professor of accountancy and interim business school dean. “It is an exciting time at the School of Business, and we are looking forward to future success under her leadership.”

She arrives amid a period of sharp focus on the business school, and its effort to become accredited. An accreditation team from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) visited PC in April, and the College expects to receive a decision this summer.

A team of PC students also gained national interest when it won the 2012 national eXTREME Accounting (xACT) competition, hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“I am eager to build on the energy and initiative the faculty has shown in working toward AACSB accreditation, and to meet the many loyal alumni and friends of PC who appreciate the mission of values-based education,” Maxfield said. “As a teacher at heart, I look forward to greeting PC students from the School of Business and all across the campus.”

Maxfield, who specializes in the global economy, joined the Simmons faculty in 2002. During that time, she chaired the MBA program and served as professor and director of the Principled Leadership Program, building focus on the social and environmental face of business, inside and outside the classroom. 

She also was an assistant and associate professor in Yale University’s Department of Political Science and its School of Management from 1988 to 1997, as well as director of Yale’s master’s program in international relations.

In addition to her academic experience, Maxfield has held high-level positions in the world of finance. She served as senior sovereign analyst for Latin America and vice president for Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for research, publications, and advising the emerging markets fixed-income traders, sales staff, and the firm’s clients on country strategy. She also served as a consultant for organizations such as the World Bank and Mitsubishi International.

Maxfield received a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Cornell University in 1980 and earned a doctorate in political economy from Harvard University in 1988. She has written and edited several books, including Gatekeepers of Growth: The International Political Economy of Central Banking in Developing Countries (Princeton University Press, 1998).

Her research and case studies have been cited in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and she has provided expert commentary on economics and financial institutions on radio and television. 

— Liz F. Kay

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