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UA Eller College of Management appoints new dean

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Darian Bakas and Darian Bakas | The Daily Wildcat Paulo Goes, the new dean of Eller College of Management, in Mclelland Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Goes will succeed Jeff Schatzberg as the new dean of Eller College this March.

Paulo Goes, the current head of the Department of Management Information Systems at the Eller College of Management, will become the new dean of the Eller College in March.

Goes will fill the shoes of Interim Dean, Jeff Schatzberg, who has served since January 2015.

Originally from Brazil, Goes holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Goes began working on construction sites as an engineer in Brazil for over two years after earning his degree. When his interest piqued to understand the technology and processes, Goes decided to spend more time understanding the computer and information systems.

“I decided to come to the U.S. and pursue a Ph.D. in MIS,” Goes said.

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After earning his doctorate in computer and information systems from the University of Rochester, Goes got his first academic job as both an associate and Gladstein professor at the University of Connecticut, where he spent 18 years.

“Eight years ago, I was recruited to come and become the head of the MIS department here at the [UA],” Goes said. “In an average day, I divide up my time between administrative duties as department head: looking at starting new programs, checking on what’s going on with the faculty and their research and I also do my own research, some of the time.”

Goes said his favorite part about working in the MIS department is working with the great people that they have here, really getting things done and helping the students be successful, which is one of Goes’s top priorities.

“The faculty and staff work together to make sure the students are successful and we’ve been very fortunate to always be top ranked,” Goes said. “All of our students are getting great jobs, our enrollment is going up, and we have a lot of success in our graduate programs.”

The MIS program at the Eller College is currently ranked third by U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Edition of Best Graduate Schools.

“I really think that faculty members have the greatest profession in the world because you are paid to generate ideas,” Goes said. “The students relate to what you’re doing, they benefit from that and in the end, I think what I feel most rewarded by is to see the students’ success.”

Goes is looking forward to March and has goals in mind to accomplish once he becomes dean. Some goals of his is to implement new strategies to solve changing problems in the business world.

“I’m very excited about the job because I really think we have all the ingredients in place to be one of the best business schools in the country,” Goes said. “I think this is a great place, the Eller College has a huge reputation. Our undergraduate program is a top ranked program and we attract a lot of students into the business school. There are a lot of things we can do and I’m really excited about this job.”


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