AU Announces Appointment of Two New College Deans

Ashland University Announces Appointment of Two New College Deans

5/31/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang has announced the appointment of two new college deans -- Dr. Elad Granot, dean for the Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics, and Dr. Donna Breault as dean for the Dwight Schar College of Education.

Provost Chang said “We are excited to have the two new deans who not only have significant experience in administration but also possess high quality scholarly achievements in their professional research fields.

“Both new deans will undoubtedly be significant assets to support and grow new and existing programs at our University,” Chang continued. “We are confident that both will lead and advance their respective colleges to national and global level in the near future.”

Dr. Granot will start at Ashland University on June 1, while Dr. Breault will begin on July 1.

Dr. Granot comes to Ashland from his current position as dean of the College of Business Administration at Rider University. Prior to his most recent role, he was assistant dean at the Monte Ahuga College of Business at Cleveland State, where he oversaw the MBA programs and worked extensively with online learning.

He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Marketing and Management from Boston University, and a B.A. from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Granot has more than 25 years of management, administration and leadership experience in a variety of military, business and academic institutions. He has served as an executive in large multinational organizations in the U.S., Europe, Australia and Israel, and has spoken extensively to diverse groups of managers, companies and executives around the globe on various business topics.

Dr. Granot has advised numerous companies, start-ups and non-profits on strategic marketing, branding strategies, marketing research, customer service and competitive positioning.

Dr. Granot possesses a wealth of academic and professional experience, including a record of effective and inspiring leadership, proven management and financial skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit. He has a multifaceted skillset, which includes strategic planning, e-learning and mobile learning, curriculum development, program assessment, policy development, and international educational programs and partnerships.

Dr. Breault comes to Ashland from her current position at Missouri State University, where she served as director of Program Review and Analytics.

Prior to her most recent role as director, she was the department head of Childhood Education and Family Studies at Missouri State. Dr. Breault also has extensive experience in work with the accreditation process.

She holds a Ph.D. from Georgia State University in curriculum and instruction and earned her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Oglethorpe University in Georgia.

Dr. Breault possesses a strong background in educational leadership in K-12 and post-secondary settings. She has extensive experience partnering with others to redesign courses to meet changing student needs. She has a history of working to ensure optimal conditions for faculty, and has based her decisions for change on meaningful data and encouraging questions about program growth.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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