JoAnne Norton of the Family Business Consulting Group has been named interim Rick Muth Chair in Family Business for Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics.
She will hold the position for the 2015-16 academic year while a national search is conducted to fill the permanent position.
“She brings tremendous knowledge about family business, wisdom with regards to family dynamics and communication, and passion for assisting family businesses to achieve their potential,” said Ed Hart, director of the Center for Family Business at Cal State Fullerton. “We honestly could not be more excited for what JoAnne brings to the center and to our members.”
Norton has been working with multigenerational family businesses for more than a decade in the areas of family governance, communication and leadership training. A former vice president of shareholder relations for a family-owned media company, she has taught in the business college for seven years and facilitates two peer affinity groups of the center. She holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University.
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.
The center was established in 1995 as a partnership between the business community and the university. Its mission is to enhance the well-being and survivability of family businesses by providing opportunities for education, interaction and information tailored to business needs and concerns.