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Management Professor Named to Endowed Chair

Lori Muse Appointed to the Rick Muth Family Chair in Family Business

Jan. 16, 2013

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Lori A. Muse, professor of management with expertise in human resource management and organizational analysis and change, has been appointed to the Rick Muth Family Chair in Family Business in Cal State Fullerton's Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. The appointment is effective Jan. 24.

The endowed position was established through a fundraising drive led by major donor Rick Muth, president of Stanton-based Orco Block. Muth is a founding member of the college's Center for Family Business.

In her new role, Muse will work with the Center for Family Business and family business leaders throughout Southern California. She is planning to revamp the college’s family business curriculum, spearhead research projects on contemporary issues facing family-run firms, and lead new undertakings to secure external funding for the Center for Family Business.

"I am enthusiastic about this new opportunity to contribute to CSUF," said Muse. "I look forward to enhancing the center's relationship with its existing affiliates and actively recruiting new members within California's five southern counties."

"We are excited to have Dr. Muse join our team," said Ed Hart, center director. "She brings a wealth of experience, leadership and knowledge that will greatly benefit our members. She will help us move the center in the direction we need to go as a resource to this important sector of the region's business community."

Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton in 2008, Muse was a member of the faculty of Western Michigan University. She served as senior auditor in the Office of Internal Auditing at Auburn University and was a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen and Co., prior to launching her academic career.

She has conducted research and published articles in a wide range of professional journals, including the Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

In 2010, Muse joined department associates Gerard Beenen and Shaun Pichler to delve into the nature of interpersonal skills — and their importance for success in managerial settings — with a $100,000 Graduate Management Admission Council grant. Muse was involved in incorporating interpersonal skills, leadership and decision-making proficiency into the university's full-time MBA program.

The Yorba Linda resident earned her doctorate in human resource management and organizational analysis and change from Auburn University. She also holds a master of science in business administration and an MBA from Auburn, as well as a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Akron.

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

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