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Moez Limayem, Dean Muma College of Business, University of South Florida

May 10, 2021

Moez Limayem, the Lynn Pippenger Dean of the Muma College of Business joined the University of South Florida in 2012, coming from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. At USF, Limayem is charged with enhancing the college's profile, increasing its resources, building program demand and strengthening relationships with various stakeholders, including alumni and business leaders. Since his arrival as dean, he has raised nearly $100 million in contributions from a number of donors. The results from his tenure are impressive: The college has received three multi-million dollar naming gifts and its programs have risen in national rankings. Pam and Les Muma's 2014 gift of $25 million – the single largest gift in USF's history – helps the college join the top echelon of business schools across the nation. In 2015, in honor of more than $22 million in gifts to support the university, which includes a $10 million gift to the USF Muma College of Business and its accounting programs, the School of Accountancy was named for longtime supporter Lynn Pippenger. That does not include the $5 million she donated in 2020 to create the endowed deanship for the college. The 2015 Collier Student Success Center naming recognized a $10.85 million gift from the longtime supporters of the Muma College of Business: Barron Gift Collier III and his wife, Dana. The donation will improve a unit of the business school that focuses on student success and career preparedness programs. Arnie and Lauren Bellini made a gift of $10 million in 2020 to create the Bellini Center for Talent Development to increase the number and enhance the quality of student internships. A number of gifts under $10 million also are among the funds raised. As an administrator, Limayem spurred the development of a new doctoral program targeting seasoned C-suite executives and a professional development program targeting the business school's younger students. Additionally, he has expanded the student success initiatives, including the Corporate Mentor Program and the Muma Leadership Program. The recipient of several professional and academic awards, Limayem has published numerous articles, many of which focus on the intersection of technology with the consumer, academic and business worlds. He is also the coauthor of a scholarly book, "Understanding The Use of Technology-Based Self Service: The Consumers' Point of View." His most recent publications include “Media Impacts and Performance in Dispersed Teams,” published in the Journal of Computer Information Systems in 2020 and "Taming the Complexity in Search Matching: Two-Sided Recommender Systems on Digital Platforms,” published in MIS Quarterly in 2020. Limayem worked in the private sector as a systems analyst and computing consultant before earning his MBA and PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Since 1992, he has served as an international expert in IT for UNESCO. He has taught at universities across the globe: the University of Minnesota, Laval University in Canada, City University of Hong Kong and Lausanne University in Switzerland, as well as the University of Arkansas. He co-chaired the ECIS (2019 and 2020) and received the Junior Achievement Silver Award. Limayem is a member of the AACSB Board of Directors and previously served as a member of the AACSB Initial Accreditation Committee. He also has chaired numerous Peer Review Team visits in the United States, Africa, and Asia.