Congratulations and best wishes to our 2014-15 faculty retirees!

Following long and distinguished academic careers at the Wayne State University School of Business, three faculty members are retiring at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. Over the course of their careers, these dedicated scholars have advanced knowledge in their disciplines while helping to launch the careers of countless WSU business students.

We congratulate our colleagues and wish them well in the new directions they choose!

Mark Bayless
Associate Professor, Department of Finance
Years of service at the School of Business: 27

Professor Bayless taught corporate finance and micro economics bringing to the classroom his exceptional teaching skills and an unwavering commitment to imparting knowledge to his students. His research interests include market timing in security offerings, failed security offerings and executive compensation. Well respected in the field of seasoned equity offerings, he is also an expert in capital structure, junk bonds and corporate finance.

Richard Beltramini
Professor, Department of Marketing and Global Supply Chain Management
Years of service at the School of Business: 20

Professor Beltramini’s research focused on the believability of marketing communications information and business gifts and ethics. Over the course of his career, he has served on numerous editorial review boards and is a past president of the American Academy of Advertising. In the classroom, he was passionately dedicated to teaching, often employing “live” case studies enabling advertising and marketing students to work with selected businesses and obtaining real world experience in the classroom. He also was a faculty advisor for the school’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation.  During his tenure, Beltramini received the school’s Excellence in Research Award (2001), Excellence in Teaching Award (2003, 2011), and the Board of Visitors Faculty Fellowship Award (2005). He also served as interim academic associate dean from 2006 to 2008.

Harish Verma
Associate Professor, Department of Marketing and Global Supply Chain Management
Years of service at the School of Business: 45

Professor Verma imparted his extensive knowledge of supply chain management to students over the course of an amazing 45 years at the School of Business. Under his instruction thousands of graduate and undergraduate students increased their knowledge about the intricacies of supply chain and its critical importance to an organization, as well as quantitative methods in business. Recognized for his skill in the classroom, in 2002 he received the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Verma’s research interests concerned production and operations, simulation games for management, computers in business and E-Commerce. His administrative contributions to the school include service as interim departmental chair of both the Information Systems and Manufacturing Department (2002) and the Business Department (2005-2009). During the later appointment, he simultaneously served as director of undergraduate programs (2004-2006).

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