amy zeng named dean of barney school of businessHARTFORD: The University of Hartford Barney School of Business appointed a new dean, Amy Z. Zeng.

UH’s new business dean is the former assistant dean of the Robert A. Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI.

Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer announced the appointment and said that Zeng who holds a PhD in business administration and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering, will begin her duties on August 1.

A full professor, assistant dean, and interim department head at WPI’s Foisie Business School, Zeng oversees AACSB-related efforts for “continuous improvement; coordinates collaborations with other academic units on campus and global partners; manages all faculty, students, and degree programs in the School; and works closely with the dean on the School’s strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management.”

Vlad CoricNEW HAVEN: Vlad Coric CEO of Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd. [NYSE:BHVN], based in downtown New Haven has been by Ernst & Young as its Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award Winner in New York Region for the Health Care Category.

EY’s awards program “recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Dr. Coric was selected as an award winner by a panel of independent judges.”

With the regional award Coric is eligible for the national competition, announced in November.

Zhan LiFAIRFIELD: Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University has appointed a new dean Dr. Zhan Li, DBA. Li is currently professor and dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California.

In addition to his role of dean at the business school he has taken the position of professor of Marketing.

Li, who previously served as associate dean for Graduate Programs and Research, and associate dean for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco (USF), will formally assume the position on July 1, 2018.

Lisa OConnor

NORTH HAVEN : Lisa G. O’Connor of East Haddam has been appointed Dean, of the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, O’Connor had been associate dean.

“Lisa O’Connor is highly qualified to lead the School of Nursing, which plays such an important role in preparing undergraduate and graduate health care professionals who go on to affect so many lives each day,” according to the University’s executive vp and provost Mark Thompson.

OPINION: By Mitchell Young


Webster Bank Chairman and former CEO James Smith said on April 6 he wants to be Connecticut’s next Governor, but he still hasn’t announced.

This is nothing new.

Smith has mused about a run for Governor for years. Smith conservative by nature, has let his smarter angels win and he has steered himself away from what would most likely be capping his successful business career with a potentially humiliating political loss.

Webster insiders had told us that Smith’s move last fall to executive Chairman made that choice more likely. When we questioned if Smith had the raw ego for a governor’s run, we were assured he did. He has however, let many months go by without declaring in what was clearly an exceptionally open Republican race, with a wide lane for a powerful well known and well-thought of businessman, like Smith.


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