Amy Z. Zeng, assistant dean of the Robert A. Foisie School of Business at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has been named dean of the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer announced that Zeng, who holds a PhD in business administration and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in industrial engineering, will begin her duties on August 1.
A full professor, assistant dean, and interim department head at WPI’s Foisie Business School, Zeng oversees AACSB-related efforts for continuous improvement; coordinates collaborations with other academic units on campus and global partners; manages all faculty, students, and degree programs in the School; and works closely with the dean on the School’s strategic planning, budgeting, and financial management. In her additional administrative role as area head for the Operations and Industrial Engineering program, Zeng has helped double the enrollment of the Industrial Engineering major and is responsible for undergraduate and graduate curricula; faculty recruitment, development and mentoring; an industry advisory board; and ABET accreditation maintenance. Additionally, she created and helped launch a new Master of Science in Supply Chain Management program last year.
“The Barney School of Business has been on an upward trajectory as a leading educator of business students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the past two decades,” University of Hartford President Gregory S. Woodward said. “I am very pleased that we have found a wonderful new leader to continue this exciting journey. Amy Zeng will be an outstanding dean for the University of Hartford, guiding the Barney School into a future filled with the promise of sustained excellence and inspiring achievement.”
Provost Sweitzer added, “During the search process, I and everyone who met Amy was impressed with her energy, preparedness, and passion. She was well prepared for every conversation and had a great many interesting ideas. I think her drive, generativity, and interpersonal skills are an excellent match for the Barney School at this point in its history. I can’t wait to begin working with her.”
“I am excited to join the nurturing and vibrant community of the University of Hartford as its next dean of the Barney School of Business," Zeng said. "I am looking forward to working collaboratively and creatively with everyone to continue Barney’s momentum of growth."
Zeng earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial management engineering from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in China. She received her master’s from the University of Washington and her PhD from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business Administration. She is a three-time grant recipient from the U.S. Department of Education; grants totaling nearly $600,000 have provided a solid foundation for establishing the China Hub, WPI’s largest global engagement initiative. As the co-founder and inaugural director of the China Hub, Zeng has worked closely with an interdisciplinary faculty leadership team to create opportunities to expand the expertise and global competency of WPI students and faculty through China-based project centers, research collaboration, and intellectual and cultural exchange. She also has extensive experiences with corporate outreach and engagement, having advised and co-advised more than 60 company-sponsored student and research projects. An accomplished and established scholar in the fields of supply chain management and global logistics, she has published over 100 articles and delivered more than 100 speeches spanning a wide range of locations and occasions.
The University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business prepares individuals to be leaders and decision makers who are ready to pursue careers. This mission is accomplished by creating a student‐focused environment that emphasizes high-impact, experiential, and applied learning; maintaining strong partnerships with business, not-for‐profit, and government entities to facilitate their interaction with Barney School students and faculty in a wide variety of activities; engaging in a broad range of scholarly activities to improve the practice of business; advocating global awareness, social responsibility, and ethical behavior; and promoting student competence, confidence, and connections.