Atkinson Graduate School of Management names new dean

by University Communications,

  • Seung Ho "Sam" Park

Author, management strategist and leading scholar on emerging markets Seung Ho "Sam" Park will become the next dean of Willamette University’s Atkinson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in August 2018. Park comes to Willamette after serving as Parkland Chair Professor of Strategy and Director of the Center for Emerging Market Studies at the China Europe International Business School.

Throughout his 30-year career, Park has led, advised and consulted for organizations around the world. He served as the founding president of Samsung Economic Research Institute China and SKOLKOVO-Ernst and Young Institute for Emerging Market Studies. He held teaching appointments at Rutgers University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo. He is a Fellow of Academy of International Business and was the winner of Outstanding Service to the Global Community Award by Academy of Management for bridging research, practice, and policy communities through his work on emerging markets.

Park has authored a number of influential journal articles, regularly penned columns in leading international media, and given speeches in corporate and academic settings around the world. His co-authored book, “Rough Diamonds: Four Traits of Successful Breakout Enterprises in BRIC Countries,” received the Best Book of the Year Award on Globalization by strategy+business magazine in 2013. His most recent book, “ASEAN Champions: Emerging Stalwarts in Regional Integration,” presents insights on sustained high performing companies in Southeast Asian countries and will be translated into multiple languages.

Park has been a leader in global academic communities as the Chair of the International Management Division of Academy of Management, a member of the editorial and advisory boards of several major journals, and the organizer of prominent international conferences and forums in China and Russia. Currently a board member of Amore Pacific, a leading cosmetics company in Asia, he has also served as a corporate strategy advisor for the Wity Group, a trustee for the International School of Beijing, and a member of the International Expert Council of Higher School of Economics.

"I am humbled and overwhelmed by the rich tradition of Willamette University in preparing for future leaders of society. Being co-aligned with the liberal arts and the law school, AGSM offers a unique and innovative management education for public, private, and non-profit organizations. I am excited and deeply honored to join such a fine institution and community of strong values and dedicated faculty, staff, alumni, and students,” said Park. “Although it has been a leader in management education in the region, I see AGSM as a hidden gem that has much to share with the rest of the world. I am confident I can help AGSM play a much bigger role in the global community.”

"We are very excited to welcome Dr. Park as the next dean of AGSM at an important moment for the school and for management education in general,” says Willamette University President Stephen Thorsett. “He has demonstrated an understanding of what makes the school distinctive, including the way it uses highly experiential programs to prepare students for leadership in business, governmental, and non-profit sectors, and he has a vision for further raising Atkinson’s international profile and for helping our graduates and the organizations they join flourish in a global environment."

A native of South Korea, Park has lived in Oregon before, having completed a master’s degree in economics and doctorate in strategic management from the University of Oregon. He holds a bachelor's degree from Han Yang University in Seoul.

Debra J. Ringold, who Park succeeds, has led AGSM as dean since 2007, a period of significant growth during which the Atkinson School has earned unprecedented regional and national recognition. Dean Ringold has been honored for her scholarship, teaching and service, and she will return to the AGSM faculty as the JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise following a sabbatical year.

About the Atkinson Graduate School of Management

AGSM is home of Willamette University’s MBA program, delivered in full-time and evening formats at the university’s main campus in Salem, Oregon and at the Pearl District campus in Portland, Oregon. The Willamette MBA is dually accredited by AACSB International and NASPAA, preparing students for careers in business, government and not-for-profit management. The Willamette MBA is regularly ranked among the best programs in the nation and is the highest ranked program in Oregon by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, CEO magazine and Poets & Quants.

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