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Lutgert College of Business in the News

This text is excerpted from a story in the Naples Daily News of January 18, 2011

Dick Pegnetter, FGCU’s first and only dean of business, retires
Naples Daily News

LEE COUNTY — Florida Gulf Coast University’s first and only dean of business has retired.

Richard Pegnetter, founding dean of the Lutgert College of Business, worked his last day on Friday, and his contract expired over the weekend.

After an 11-month stint as interim president of the university in 2007, Pegnetter, 69, announced his intention to step down from his post in 2008. But, in December 2008, he announced a change of heart because of looming rocky times for the university’s budget and for the area’s business community.

Pegnetter came to the university in 1995 and helped found the business school there. At Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting, where Pegnetter was honored for his service, he called his 15 years with the university “the most rewarding of my professional career.”

In seeking Pegnetter’s replacement, the university has put together a search committee headed by Donna Henry, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In the interim, College of Business Associate Dean Ara Volkan will serve as dean.

Henry announced three finalists for the position Tuesday morning. They are: James Lumpkin, dean of the College of Business, Louisiana Tech University; Greg Marshall, Charles Harwood professor of marketing and strategy, Rollins College, Florida; and Lynne Richardson, professor of marketing and former dean, College of Business and Industry, Mississippi State University.

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