Mayo-native Dr Willie Golden has been appointed dean of the college of business, public policy and law at NUI Galway. He will have responsibility for the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, and the School of Law.
Dr Golden has been a lecturer in business information systems at NUI Galway since 1992 and since 2006 has been director of the centre for innovation and structural change (CISC ) at the university. As director, he led a team of researchers which secured €6 million of funding for social science research at NUI Galway. He has published extensively, co-authored a book, contributed 10 chapters to other texts and published 16 journal papers in the areas of electronic commerce and information systems.
Speaking about his appointment, Dr Golden said he is looking forward to working with colleagues in both the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Law, to facilitate excellent and innovative teaching and to further enhance the national and international research reputation of both schools.”
The School of Business and Economics and the School of Law will now come under the responsibility of the new dean and according to Dr Golden, there are already signifiers between business and law as exemplified with the Bachelor of Corporate Law.
“We have two very strong traditions in the School of Business and the School of Law here at NUI Galway, where 25 per cent of the student population are connected to these schools.
“The vast research areas within the College include Human Rights, Business Innovation, Disability Law and Social Gerontology. The research carried out in these areas is used to inform public policy with respect to the options available to enable a better economy and society”.
Commenting on Dr Golden’s appointment, President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne said he is confident that Dr Willie Golden, in his role as Dean, will “provide the leadership necessary to optimise the opportunities and build on the many strengths of the College of Business, Public Policy and Law. I look forward to working with Dr Golden as we strive to achieve even greater levels of achievement and success for NUI Galway”.
Dr Golden, originally from Westport, Co Mayo, is a Commerce and Master of Business Studies Graduate of NUI Galway. His Ph.D. in Business to Business Electronic Commerce is from the Business School at the University of Warwick.