The First African American Dean of the Business School at the University of Portland in Oregon

Michael DeVaughn has been appointed as the new dean of the Pamplin School of Business at the University of Portland in Oregon. When he takes office on July 1, Dr. DeVaughn will be the first African-American dean of the business school.

Dr. DeVaughn joins the university from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been a faculty member at St. Thomas since 2008 and has served in various leadership roles at the institution including faculty director of the MBA program and research fellow in the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Prior to joining St. Thomas, Professor DeVaughn served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota. His scholarship has centered on organizational learning and entrepreneurship, as well as the delivery of business education.

“I am thrilled to be joining UP as the next dean of the Pamplin School of Business,” said Dr. DeVaughn about the appointment. “UP’s educational, mission-centered excellence has been on my radar for years, ever since my son was an undergraduate there. As a parent, I am already a member of the UP family and look forward to the next, exciting, challenging chapter of my engagement with the university.”

Dr. DeVaughn received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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