April 21, 2016 at 1:30pm

Millikin University names Dr. Najiba Benabess Dean of Tabor School of Business

Dr. Najiba Benabess, director of the School of Business and Management within the College of Professional Schools at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., has been named dean of Millikin University's Tabor School of Business, effective July 1, 2016. Dr. Benabess succeeds Dr. J. Mark Munoz, Millikin professor of management and international business, who served as interim dean during the search process.

Najiba Benabess

Dr. Najiba Benabess came to Norwich University in 2007 as an assistant professor teaching a variety of courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics and quantitative methods. In 2012, Dr. Benabess was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor and director. She also serves as associate academic program director of the online MBA program at Norwich.

"We are very happy to have Dr. Najiba Benabess as the dean of the Tabor School of Business," said Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White. "In addition to her experience and excellence as a teacher and scholar, Dr. Benabess is an experienced academic leader. Of particular note for Millikin, at her current institution, Dr. Benabess has developed new programs in entrepreneurship and an interdisciplinary program in international business, while being very active in economic development in her community, state and region. I look forward to seeing her take a leadership role at the University and in the surrounding Decatur community. Tabor School of Business is poised to grow and develop further under her leadership."

Dr. Benabess previously served as a professor at ITESM University of Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her areas of expertise include industrial organization and international economics. She is a strong proponent of service learning, entrepreneurship and global engagement. She strives to create partnerships across the academic and business communities.

Dr. Benabess is also editor-in-chief for the Journal of Research in Industrial Organization and an editor for the International Business Information Management Association.

"Dr. Benabess emerged from a very strong pool of candidates from across the United States as a leader with substantial ability, dedication and vision," said Millikin Provost Dr. Jeffery P. Aper. "We are very excited about all that she will bring to the Tabor School of Business, Millikin University and the greater Decatur community in helping us advance as the national leader in Performance Learning, and as a model for innovative undergraduate teaching."

In March 2013, Dr. Benabess' paper, "Does Fiscal Stimulus Stimulate?" was selected as the best paper at the Clute Institute Multidisciplinary Academic Conference. In February 2009, she received the best paper award at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences Annual Multidisciplinary Conference for her paper, "Privatization versus Subsidization in Mixed Oligopoly."

"When I first visited Millikin University and the Tabor School of Business, I was very impressed with the faculty's commitment and passion for student success," said Dr. Benabess. "I knew immediately that Millikin is a community where educators rise beyond expectations and students are the priority. My vision for the Tabor School of Business is to produce graduates who are ready to work and lead."

Dr. Benabess earned a Master of Arts in Economics from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Aper noted, "Dr. Benabess will work in collaboration with the Tabor faculty to fully implement the strategic plan and revised curriculum they developed over the past few years. Her experience and commitment to the growth and vitality of the Tabor School of Business will help us meet and even exceed the ambitious goals the faculty has set for itself."

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features Performance Learning, a unique learning approach offered only at Millikin that gives students the chance to build the confidence and skills to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 96 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at millikin.edu.