Accountancy professor Marc Rubin has been named dean of Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. Rubin has served as interim dean of the Farmer School since July of last year.
Rubin was appointed interim dean after former dean Matthew Myers left Miami to serve as dean of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
A Miami graduate himself, Rubin received his bachelor of science in accounting in 1975. During his time at the university, Rubin met his Miami merger wife, served as a resident assistant in Symmes Hall and studied under the late accountancy department chair Harry Lyle.
In 1990, Rubin left a faculty position at the University of North Carolina to teach accounting at Miami. He stayed until 1993 and then returned again to teach at Miami in 1997.
When he took over Lyle’s old role as accountancy department chair in 2003, a colleague of Rubin’s told him that Lyle would have been proud.
“Who gets to sit in the chair of their mentor? How many people get to do that in their life?” asked Rubin. “Not many people get to have that opportunity. To me, it’s such a privilege to be able to do that.”
As dean of Farmer, he hopes to build on the extra-curricular business opportunities available to students in the form of case competitions and clubs, like the recently-formed Miami University Blockchain Club, which he cited as an example.
Rubin also plans on aiming the Farmer School towards the future, preparing students for a rapidly shifting business landscape.
“Business models are changing and technology is changing,” said Rubin. “Its important to me to know that we are preparing our students not just for the best jobs today, but the best jobs five years from now, ten years from now.”
The new dean is set to receive an annual salary of $308,987, as well as administrative and supplemental stipends totaling $57,500.
If Miami’s Board of Trustees approves the appointment and salary at their Feb. 16 meeting, Rubin will serve a two-year term in the position.
Currently, Rubin is president-elect of the American Accounting Association, a large community of accountants in academia.
“He brings many years of experience in the classroom and as former accountancy chair and interim dean to his role as dean,” wrote Miami News and Communications Director Claire Wagner, commenting by email. “Rubin will promote the interdisciplinary programs and entrepreneurial mindset that support the positive momentum at Farmer School of Business.”