RIT Saunders College of Business dean inducted into PhD Project Hall of Fame

Dean dt ogilvie earned her doctorate in 1994 when few minorities were on faculty of business schools

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Saunders College of Business Dean dt ogilvie has been inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame.

The PhD Project has had a tremendous impact on America: business students from all over the world now see minorities in positions based on their intellect.

—Dean dt ogilvie, RIT Saunders College of Business

The dean of Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, dt ogilvie, has been inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame. The PhD Project, an award-winning program to increase diversity in management, established the Hall of Fame in 2011 to recognize a select few who have inspired many.

Dean ogilvie, who is also a professor of business strategy at Saunders College, has mentored, taught, recruited and collaborated with current and former members of The PhD Project since before earning her doctorate in 1994 in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin. She is noted for her extensive international academic reputation in strategic management, collaborative economic development and entrepreneurship.

“As a result of the work of The PhD Project, most, if not all, business schools have minority faculty—and those professors are making a difference to all students, not just students of color,” says ogilvie. “More faculty are being tenured and being promoted to full professor, and more faculty are moving up in academic administration and becoming deans. Students are now used to seeing minority professors in front of the classroom, a goal of the Project.

“The number of minority faculty has more than quadrupled since the Project started in 1994. It is more successful in its achievements of helping produce Ph.D.’s than Ph.D. programs as a whole. It is the unsung success story of this country, a real change agent.”

Before joining RIT in 2012, ogilvie served as professor of business strategy and urban entrepreneurship at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Business School at Newark-New Brunswick. While at Rutgers, she was the founding director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development and founding director of the Scholars Training and Enrichment Program.

In addition to ogilvie, The PhD Project 2013 Hall of Fame’s inductees include David L. Ford Jr., professor of organizational studies, University of Texas at Dallas, and Miriam Stamps, chair of marketing department at University of South Florida (Emeritus).

The inductees will be honored at the organization’s annual conference in November. A video clip of the honorees is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYIqJcWNwDI.

Note: One of nine colleges at RIT, Saunders College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB International) and enrolls more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Saunders College and its entrepreneurial Venture Creations Incubator work in partnership with RIT’s Albert J. Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship to integrate business education with RIT’s world leading technical and creative programs. Graduate programs include Master of Business Administration, MBA-Accounting, Executive MBA and master’s degrees in finance and administration.

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