Brian C. McAllister, assistant professor of accounting, will serve as the interim dean of St. Bonaventure University’s School of Business.
Dr. Michael Fischer, provost and vice president for academic affairs, made the announcement today. McAllister begins work Monday as interim dean, the third time he has filled that role in his 34 years at the university.
McAllister previously held the position in 1986-87 and again in 1990-91.
“I know that Brian will provide us a steady hand for the next several weeks, and months, while we evaluate our longer-term options for filling the position of dean after the sudden passing of Dr. John Watson last week,” said Dr. Fischer. “I’m very grateful to Brian for taking on this responsibility.”
Dr. Watson collapsed and died April 17 while visiting friends in York, Pa.
“It is very humbling to receive the support of my faculty colleagues in the School of Business, as well as the support of Dr. Fischer,” said McAllister. “While I realize that we have many important School of Business projects already lined up during the next few months, I will certainly follow Dr. Watson’s example, and do whatever I can to assist in the fundraising efforts for our new School of Business building.
“One of John’s dreams for the School of Business was a new building. With the continued support of our generous trustees, alumni and friends, John’s dream will be a reality.”
McAllister also has served in other administrative positions at the university, including MBA Program Director and Transfer Student Coordinator for the School of Business. In 1995, he received the Faculty Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence.
A certified public accountant, McAllister has been a faculty member at St. Bonaventure since 1977. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, and his MBA from St. Bonaventure.
His three children — Brian Jr., Sarah and Meghan — are alumni of St. Bonaventure. McAllister lives in Olean with his wife, Patricia, and their two grandchildren, DeySeann and Brookelinn.
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