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Name Joseph Rallo Western Provost

April 18, 2003


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Dr. Joseph C. Rallo.

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MACOMB, IL – Dr. Joseph C. Rallo (RAH-low) dean College of Business and Administration and Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, has been named provost and academic vice president at Western Illinois University.

President Al Goldfarb said Rallo, who was highly recommended by the Provost Search Committee, will bring a new perspective to the University. He will begin duties as provost July 1. He replaces Dr. Eric Stiffler who will return to a faculty position in philosophy and religious studies. Stiffler, who has been in the provost’s office since 1989, has served as acting provost since August 2001.

"Dr. Rallo’s experience in the delivery of academic instruction and services, including work with satellite campuses; his commitment to student experiences in field studies, internships and study abroad; and his enthusiasm for Western’s strong undergraduate mission were factors which made him the top choice in a field of exceptional candidates," Goldfarb said.

Rallo was one of five finalists brought to the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses during March and April for interviews with University constituencies. The other finalists were Dr. Judith Plawecki, associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, Spalding University, Louisville, KY; Dr. Eric Thomas, associate vice president for undergraduate studies, Illinois State University, Normal; Dr. Michael Harris, associate provost, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; and Dr. David B. Stephens, professor of management and dean emeritus Utah State University, Logan and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Management, Texas A & M University, Laredo.

"The search committee chaired by Faculty Senate Chair Thomas Tomlinson should be commended for bringing individuals with outstanding credentials to interact with the University community," Goldfarb said. "The campus community in Macomb and the Quad Cities looks forward to working with Provost Rallo."

Rallo has served as dean of the College of Business and Administration and Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado since 1999. Previously he was dean of the College of Business at Ferris State University, after serving as chair of the department of management at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI.

His academic and administrative career includes service as director of international programs and associate professor of international business at Michigan Technological University. He also served as director of the West European Program and associate professor of international relations at the United States Air Force Academy and associate professor of international relations at Rutgers University. He was a Fulbright Scholar and a NATO fellow and chaired the executive committee for the Japan Center for Michigan Universities from 1991-1999.

He has published articles and made presentations on international business topics, the European Union and aerospace. He has testified before Congressional committees on Science, Space and Technology and peer reviewed business grants for the U.S. Department of Education Business and International Education Program and the U.S. Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.

Rallo has a bachelor’s degree in Russian history from Lafayette College, PA, and a jurist doctorate from Western New England College, MA. He has both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, NY.

His annual salary will be $150,000.

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