amy zeng named dean of barney school of businessHARTFORD: The University of Hartford Barney School of Business appointed a new dean, Amy Z. Zeng.

UH’s new business dean is the former assistant dean of the Robert A. Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI.

Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer announced the appointment and said that Zeng who holds a PhD in business administration and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering, will begin her duties on August 1.

A full professor, assistant dean, and interim department head at WPI’s Foisie Business School, Zeng oversees AACSB-related efforts for “continuous improvement; coordinates collaborations with other academic units on campus and global partners; manages all faculty, students, and degree programs in the School; and works closely with the dean on the School’s strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management.”

In a University release the school said Zeng “has helped double the enrollment of the Industrial Engineering major and is responsible for undergraduate and graduate curricula; faculty recruitment, development and mentoring; an industry advisory board; and ABET accreditation maintenance. Additionally, she created and helped launch a new Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program last year.”

Zeng earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial management engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China. She received her master’s from the University of Washington and her PhD from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Administration. She is a three-time grant recipient from the U.S. Department of Education; grants totaling nearly $600,000 have provided a solid foundation for establishing the China Hub, WPI’s largest global engagement initiative.