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January 13, 2011

Birmingham-Southern College names Sara Robicheaux dean of business programs

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Dr. Sara Robicheaux, associate professor of finance at Birmingham-Southern, is the new dean of business programs at the college.Dr. Sara Robicheaux

Robicheaux joined the BSC faculty in 2002 as an assistant professor of finance, rising to associate professor in 2007. Prior to joining the Birmingham-Southern faculty, she was a visiting professor of finance in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina from 2000-02.

The Tuscaloosa native received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Birmingham-Southern in 1997. She received her master's degree in economics in 1997 and her doctorate in finance in 2000, both from the University of Alabama. While at Alabama, Robicheaux was named the Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Doctoral Student and received the Robert L. Hatcher III Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant.

The Department of Business at Birmingham-Southern includes the college's most popular major, Business Administration. In 2003, the college established a new chapter of the business honorary Beta Gamma Sigma, joining 375 other schools, all accredited in business through AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Birmingham-Southern is one of only eight baccalaureate-liberal arts institutions in the country to hold both AACSB International accreditation and the designation of Phi Beta Kappa, and one of only six to hold Phi Beta Kappa and house a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter.

"Professor Robicheaux has the talent, experience, and commitment necessary to build a business program that takes full advantage of—and contributes to—our rich learning environment at BSC," said Dr. Kathleen Greer Rossmann, interim provost and associate professor of economics, in announcing the appointment. "She is a teacher and scholar focused fully on improving the value of a BSC education.

"Birmingham-Southern provides a rigorous undergraduate business program within the broader BSC curriculum and experiences—an education that develops immediately useful skills in finance, marketing, and management, and lifelong abilities to adapt to new challenges and environments, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to solve complex problems."

Robicheaux's research interests include corporate governance, capital structure, and banking. She has published journal articles in internationally recognized finance journals including Financial Review and Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics. She received the Best Paper Award in Financial Intermediation sponsored by Wharton Research Data Services in 2004 and a Distinguished Research Award from Allied Academics in both 2005 and 2006.

She is serving as chair of the Vestavia Hills Library Board of Trustees during 2011, after having served as vice chair in 2009 and 2010.

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