Interim Stevenson business dean

Aris Melissaratos, a former Maryland secretary of business and economic development, has been named Stevenson University's interim business school dean, the university announced Monday. (Matthew Paul DAgostino, BALTIMORE SUN / April 5, 2013)

Aris Melissaratos, a former Maryland secretary of business and economic development, has been named Stevenson University's interim business school dean, the university announced Monday.

Melissaratos began his new role at the college's Brown School of Business and Leadership on Thursday, according to a statement from Stevenson. The school encompasses undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, business and computer information systems, fashion merchandising and paralegal studies.

Melissaratos, a Glyndon resident, previously worked for more than 30 years at Westinghouse Electric Corp., including as the company's chief technology officer, and at the Johns Hopkins University's Office of Enterprise Development and Carey School of Business. He had served as the state business and economic development secretary from 2003 to 2007.

"Aris brings an external perspective on business and education that we believe will be of great value to our career-focused business education majors," said Paul Lack, Stevenson's executive vice president for academic affairs, in the statement.

The interim dean follows Norman Endlich, who left the position after two years for a new role, university officials said. The search for a permanent dean is expected to conclude after the start of the fall 2014 semester.

"I am pleased to have this opportunity to work with Stevenson University and assist in helping to create the next generation of business leaders," Melissaratos said in the statement.

Stevenson, which has campuses in Stevenson and Owings Mills, has more than 4,400 students.

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