By PAMELA JO GRUNDVIG
Ned C. Hill, recently-appointed dean of the Marriott School of Management, has appointed W. Steven Albrecht and Lee Tom Perry as associate deans.
“Both of these men are well respected among their colleagues,” Hill said. “Lee Perry is a very insightful, thoughtful strategic planner with a great vision of where BYU needs to be; and Steven Albrecht is very successful in that he is a hard worker, well organized and well respected all over campus,” he said.
In this newly appointed position, Albrecht will head the budget and faculty members in the Marriott School and Perry will take charge of programs, curriculum and students.
Albrecht said he is looking forward to making the Marriott School of Management better and developing the faculty so they can stay ahead of fast-paced changes in the business world.
“I am looking forward to continuing the tremendous tradition we already have in the Marriott School,” he said.
“It is all about building leaders for the future and developing them to be better leaders for future homes, businesses and the church,” Albrecht said. “This is a very rewarding assignment.”
Albrecht has been the director of the School of Accountancy and Information Systems at BYU from 1990-1998. During the time he was director, the BYU undergraduate and graduate accounting programs were ranked third in the nation for three years. At this time he also served as the Arthur Anderson Alumni Distinguished Professor of Accounting.
In addition to his work in accounting education, white-collar crime and business fraud are his specialties in the accounting field.
He came to BYU after teaching at Stanford University and the University of Illinois in 1977. He received his bachelors from BYU and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Some of the awards Albrecht has received include Arthur Andersen Teaching Excellence Award, the Exxon Teaching Excellence Award, BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Research Award and BYU School of Management’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
As a new associate dean over the programs, curriculum and students, Perry said he would like to focus his energies in three different areas.
First, he wants to help the MBA program become world class. Second, he intends to work on the undergraduate program and increase unity among students. Third, he would like to focus the resources in the Marriott School.
“If we can significantly improve the quality of the MBA and undergraduate program, and increase the focus of the school that will be pretty good legacy for this deans office,” Perry said.
Perry is the Sorensen Family Professor of Strategy and Organizational Behavior in the Marriott School of Management.
He has been a faculty member of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and the College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University.
He has published numerous articles on corporate restructuring and downsizing, business process reengineering and competitive business strategies.
Some awards he has received are the Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Business Administration at Pennsylvania State University and the Exxon Outstanding Teaching Award from BYU.