COLUMBIA — MU's Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business is preparing to welcome a new member to the family.
Joan Gabel will begin her new position as dean on Sept. 1, according to an MU news release. She is currently Florida State University's department chair of risk management/insurance, real estate and business law, DeSantis Professor of Business Administration and director of international relations in the College of Business.
The successes of the MU school sparked Gabel's interest in the position, which opened after Bruce Walker’s announcement to retire as dean.
“The college has an incredible reputation not only for the quality of faculty and students, but also how it’s run,” Gabel said.
About three months after sitting down for its first meeting, the faculty search committee made its selection.
“That’s lightning speed,” said committee co-chair Neil Olson, dean of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine.
In addition to her references of excellent teaching ability, strong scholarly work in her field and positive feedback from her students, Gabel stood out from other applicants by coming into the interview particularly well-prepared, Olson said. She asked good questions and responded thoroughly to those asked of her.
“Some committee members made a comment that they felt she knew more about Mizzou than they did,” Olson said.
Though Gabel might already have an abundance of knowledge about MU, there is still more she wants to learn.
“My first goal is to become as familiar as I possibly can be with the people and the programs in the college,” Gabel said. “Then, begin to strategize about action items and steps for the future.”
Before joining Florida State in 2007, Gabel spent 11 years working in the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University where she was the interim director of the Institute of International Business and faculty director of the Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable, according to the release.
At Florida State, Gabel oversaw two undergraduate majors, courses in undergraduate and graduate curriculum, a specialization within the MBA program and a specialized master's program in risk management, according to the release.
In addition to working at the universities, Gabel has a strong background working in international business, which she thinks will help her as the new dean.
“My hope is to draw on my multi-disciplinary background and my international experiences and bring that broad perspective into the school,” Gabel said.
Currently, Gabel teaches undergraduate and graduate level legal and ethical business classes and leads graduate global business seminars in Chile and Australia. She has also taught in Italy, France and Egypt.
“I think that she will be able to move the Trulaske College of Business so that it’s more known on the international scene,” Olson said. “More than it is now.”
Gabel also sees a bright future for the business school, as it is “something that is already working really well."
“I am really honored to be joining the team,” Gabel said.