Bertie Greer will join UMass Lowell Nov. 1 as the university’s new dean of the Manning School of Business. (Courtesy UMass Lowell)
LOWELL – Bertie Greer, an expert in global supply chain management, will join UMass Lowell on Nov. 1 as the next Wright Family Dean of the Manning School of Business.
A distinguished scholar, researcher and accomplished administrator with professional industry experience, Greer currently serves as Associate Dean of the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in Michigan, where she oversees strategic planning and general operations.
“Bertie’s academic achievements, leadership and industry experience, and vision and enthusiasm for growing the Manning School of Business make her the clear choice to usher in the next era of business education and research for our students and faculty,” said Joseph Hartman. , Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.
Greer said she was grateful and honored to join the UMass Lowell family of outstanding scholars and educators with such a strong academic tradition and a strong impact on students’ socioeconomic mobility.
“The impact of the Manning School of Business extends beyond the institution’s doors, and its faculty and staff are making a meaningful impact on students, businesses, families and communities,” Greer said.
“I am excited to embark on this journey to create opportunities and lead the Manning School forward by partnering with talented faculty, staff, students, strong leadership and external stakeholders,” she said. Together, we will continue to develop new programs, degrees and outcomes to help students realize their dreams and ensure The Manning School reaches new heights.
Greer’s selection was also praised by two alumni who are deeply invested in the success of the Manning School and its students.
“After speaking with Bertie Greer, I am very excited for UMass Lowell’s current and future business students,” said Rob Manning, a proud UMass Lowell alumnus for whom the business school is named. “The Manning School of Business has much momentum and I am confident that the quality of teaching and research will accelerate with Bertie’s leadership and outstanding faculty.”
Echoed by alumnus Brian’s estate.
“With Bertie Greer as the new dean, it is clear that the Manning School of Business will continue to emerge as one of the premier institutions for business education and scholarship,” said Rees, who has generously given to the business along with his wife, Kim. School and programs throughout UMass Lowell, including Deanship Greer endowed by the Rist Family Foundation.
Prior to joining Wayne State in 2016, Greer spent 15 years as a faculty member and eventually chair of the Department of Management at Northern Kentucky University. Earlier in her career, she spent time as an adjunct and visiting professor at Bowling Green State University, the University of Detroit-Mercy, the University of Dayton, and the University of Michigan Oakland.
She brings her expert industry experience having served in engineering roles at Ford Motor Company and Chrysler/Jeep-Eagle and Timken Roller Bearings.
Greer received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Kent State University and both a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.
The appointment follows the departure of Dean Sandra Richtermeyer, who will become Rutgers University-Camden provost this summer. Steven Tello, vice provost for graduate and professional studies and a member of the Manning School faculty, will serve as interim dean until Greer’s arrival.