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Bentley College announces the appointments of Robert D. Galliers as Provost and VP for Academic Affairs; Margrethe H. Olson as Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School; and Catherine A. Davy as Dean of Arts and Sciences

June 30, 2002

WALTHAM, MA - Bentley College announces the appointment of three senior administrators who bring to the college a commitment to scholarship that informs both practice and teaching, a global perspective on education and the world of business, and the integration of information technology and the arts and sciences as core components of Bentley's curriculum. Robert D. Galliers joins Bentley as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Margrethe H. Olson joins as Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School, effective July 1. Joining the college on September 1, 2002 will be Dean of Arts and Sciences Catherine A. Davy.

Robert D. Galliers, BA, DMA, MA, PhD, Hon DSc, FBCS, FRSA

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Galliers joins Bentley from the London School of Economics, where he was professor of Information Systems and research director in the Department of Information Systems. Prior to his positions at LSE, he served as Lucas Professor of Management and dean of the Warwick Business School, and earlier as Foundation Professor and head of the School of Information Systems at Curtin University in Australia. A leader in the field of management information systems, Galliers is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, and a fellow of both the British Computer Society and the Royal Society of Arts.

A graduate of Harvard University, Bob Galliers received a Masters in Management Systems from Lancaster University, and a Doctorate in Information Systems at the London School of Economics. His doctoral research focused on strategic information systems planning practice in Britain and Australia. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Turku School of Economic and Business Administration in Finland in 1995. He was appointed an Honorary Professor of the European Institute for Advanced Management Studies in Brussels in 1997. He is past president of the Association for Information Systems, and is co-chair of the 2002 International Conference on Information Systems.

Dr. Galliers research is transdisciplinary in nature and currently focuses on IT and business innovation/transformation and the management of change; information systems strategy; strategy alignment; knowledge management, and intra- and extra-organizational impacts of the Internet. He began his professional career outside of academia, first in social work administration and then in management consulting.

Margrethe H. Olson, BS, MBA, PhD

Dean of Business and the McCallum Graduate School

Dr. Olson will be responsible for all academic business programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She comes to Bentley after 12 years leading strategic change for multinational companies, most recently as General Manager, Global Knowledge-based Systems, at Lend Lease Corporation and, prior to that as Chief Knowledge Officer, Lotus Consulting, where she earlier served as Consulting Director, Knowledge Management, Asia Pacific Region. At New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, she was associate professor and director of the Center for Research on Information Systems.

Dr. Olson is a graduate of the University of Michigan; she received an MBA and PhD from the University of Minnesota. Much of her research involves exploring the relationships between information technology, management support and organizational culture. She is coauthor of a textbook on management information systems and has written journal articles on technology and work design and on the impact of telecommuting on corporate culture.

Catherine A. Davy, BA, MA, PhD

Dean of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Davy will oversee the administration of arts and science programs at the college. She comes to Bentley after almost 20 years in academic administration, most recently as provost and senior vice president at Adelphi University in New York. She has served as dean at Alverno College; University of California, Irvine and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kate Davy's research and writings focus on experimental and avant-garde theater in New York City. She has written a book on Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theatre and edited Foreman's collected plays and manifestos. She has also written on Charles Ludlam's Ridiculous Theatre Company and performance artist Holly Hughes.

A graduate of Clarke College, Kate Davy received an MA in Drama and PhD in Drama/Performance Studies from New York University.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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