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Oregon university hires BDI director Jennifer Madden as dean

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    Johanna Heidorn ’13
August 16, 2020

After an impactful six-year stay at Carthage, business professor Jennifer Madden is moving on to a deanship in the Pacific Northwest.

Linfield University in Oregon has hired Prof. Madden as dean of its new School of Business. She begins her duties there Sept. 1.

Prof. Madden joined the faculty in 2014 and later became department chair, overseeing two of the College’s most popular majors: management and marketing. She taught from the introductory level to the senior seminar, including courses focused on management and grant writing in the nonprofit sector.

She has co-led a pair of popular J-Term study tours: Global Perspectives of Business and Education in southern Africa and Introduction to Sports Management at sites around the Midwest. Carthage ranks third in the nation for participation in short-term study abroad.

In addition. Prof. Madden has expanded Carthage’s graduate options. She developed the master’s program in business design and innovation (BDI), which launched in 2017.

“Dr. Madden’s creativity and enthusiasm for developing and maintaining this new master’s degree program has been an inspiration to me,” said Professor Jackie Easley, dean of the Division of Professional Studies. “We will greatly miss her innovative approach to design thinking and her strong leadership skills here at Carthage.”

Fellow management and marketing professor Greg Barron, who spearheaded the newly added sports management track, will succeed her as director of the master’s program. But Prof. Madden plans to remain involved with it.

As a consultant, she has helped clients secure millions in grant funding by embracing design principles. Those strategies help professionals to creatively attack “wicked problems,” the kind so complex kind that solving them often creates other obstacles.

Congratulations to Prof. Madden!