Hillman named dean of ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business

December 12, 2012

Amy Hillman has been named dean of Arizona State University’s W. P. Carey School of Business, effective March 1, 2013. The school’s current executive dean, Hillman has served as second-in-command at the school since 2009, playing a key role in its growth and success.

U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the school among the top 30 in the nation for undergraduate business, full-time MBA and part-time MBA programs. Amy Hillman Download Full Image

Hillman succeeds retiring dean, Robert Mittelstaedt, who helped vault the W. P. Carey School of Business into one of the largest and highest-ranked business schools in the world, with more than 10,000 students. He will remain at ASU as dean emeritus and professor of management.

“Amy Hillman is a devoted teacher, a noted researcher and a gifted administrator,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “She has been an integral part of the W. P. Carey School management team that has had so much success during the past decade. We are fortunate that Amy has agreed to move into the school’s deanship to further enhance the school’s excellence.

“I wish to thank Bob Mittelstaedt for his leadership of the W. P. Carey School, and I am delighted that Bob will continue to serve ASU by doing special projects and advising me and the provost.”

“Amy Hillman is a top scholar in her field, and she is a creative and flexible administrator well suited to lead the W. P. Carey School in a time of very rapid change in higher education,” said Elizabeth D. Phillips, executive vice president and provost.

Hillman is a world-renowned management professor and holds the Rusty Lyon Chair in Strategy at the W. P. Carey School. She has won numerous national awards as an outstanding reviewer and researcher. She was editor of Academy of Management Review, the world’s top management journal in terms of citation impact, and her research has been featured in USA Today, The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to lead a terrific group of faculty, staff, students, alumni and our friends in the business community forward,” said Hillman. “The W. P. Carey School of Business is on a steep trajectory toward becoming one of the world’s finest institutions committed to making meaningful contributions to the lives of our stakeholders and also to the future of business practice.”

Students and colleagues consider Hillman to be an exceptional teacher, having honored her with two Outstanding Professor Awards and two Outstanding Teacher Awards. She also was voted one of the most popular professors in Businessweek’s rankings of MBA faculty in 1998.

Before her impressive tenure in academia, Hillman worked as general manager of a small retail and manufacturing business, and she now plays a key role in promoting entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School. For example, she helps to advance the school’s Spirit of Enterprise Center, which helps hundreds of businesses each year.

Hillman previously taught at the University of Western Ontario, Michigan State University, Johannes Kepler University in Austria, Texas A&M University and Trinity University. She holds a doctorate from Texas A&M, where she was also named Outstanding Doctoral Alumni.

Mittelstaedt joined the school in 2004 and will semi-retire after spending about 40 years in academia, including various leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

ASU School of Art Regents professor awarded one of 50 USA grants

December 12, 2012

Kurt Weiser, Regents professor of ceramics in the ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was named a 2012 United States Artists Fellow. Fifty fellowships are awarded to the nation’s finest artists in areas from crafts and traditional arts to theatre arts, dance, music, architecture and design, visual arts, literature and media. Weiser was the only Arizona artist chosen among 438 artists nominated for this prestigious fellowship which includes an unrestricted $50,000 grant.

  The porcelain lidded jar is titled Red Queen. Photo by Kurt Weiser Download Full Image

“Students and fellow faculty know well the talent and dedication of Professor Kurt Weiser as an artist and teacher,’’ said Adriene Jenik, director of the ASU School of Art. “To have him acknowledged as one of the finest artists in the country, alongside other luminaries in a spectrum of creative practices, reminds us of the honor we have to be working alongside and learning from him.”

Although Weiser hasn’t decided exactly how he will spend the fellowship, he expects to use the money toward his art. “It’s an odd sort of mix of freedom and security to be able to do what I’ve thought about doing and haven’t had the nerve,” Weiser said about receiving the grant. “I feel so very fortunate.’’


First, he plans to complete a project for an exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. After that he said for the first time he could consider hiring people to help him with his latest artistic endeavor: making ceramic globes of the world mounted on elegant custom bronze stands. He also intends to use part of the money to expand his studio in Montana where he spends his summers.

A member of the ASU School of Art faculty since 1988, Weiser is one of three award-winning faculty members in the school’s ceramics program, which is ranked seventh in the nation by U. S. News & World Report. “Whether making functional pottery reminiscent of Sun Dynasty ware or his skill as a Postmodern china painter on porcelain, Kurt has been extremely successful with the many shifts and developments his art has taken him in an illustrious career spanning four decades,” said Peter Held, curator of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. He credits Weiser’s time as director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts with allowing him “to experiment with a wide range of firing techniques and forming processes, always amazing those around him with his technical knowledge and adept handling of clay.”

United States Artists was created with $22 million in seed money from such prominent foundations as Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential and Rasmuson to elevate the status of artists with sizeable, unrestricted grants. Since the first fellowships were given seven years ago, United States Artists have awarded $17.5 million in grants to 365 of the nation’s top artists, according to Debra Dysart, director of development operations. Other donors, including the Windgate Charitable Foundation that funded Weiser’s fellowship, also have stepped up to support the program.

This year’s fellows include emerging, mid-career and established artists from 19 states who were chosen based on their expertise in the art form they practice and the impact they could have in their field, explained Dysart. The rigorous selection process begins with artists and experts chosen as nominators by the organization in each of the eight arts categories. The nominators recommend artists who are in turn asked to complete applications. Panels of artists and experts then review those applications and award the fellowships.


Weiser is one of six honored in the crafts and traditional arts category. The group also includes Nicholas Galanin, an internationally recognized Tlingit/Aleut multimedia artist who is among five Native American artists participating in the School of Art’s 2013 biennial Map(ing) Project from Jan. 3–10, 2013.

For more on Kurt Weiser and the ASU School of Art Ceramics program, visit: art.asu.edu/ceramics.


For more on United States Artists and the 2012 Fellowships, visit: USA Fellows.

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