College of Business dean awarded highest service honor from national professional association

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URI College of Business Dean Maling Ebrahimpour, center, is awarded the Decision Sciences Institute’s Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award by Morgan Swink, chair of the selection committee, and DSI President Janet L. Hartley. Photo courtesy of Decision Sciences Institute.

KINGSTON, R.I. – Jan. 9, 2020 – Maling Ebrahimpour, dean of the University of Rhode Island College of Business, has been awarded the highest service honor from the Decision Sciences Institute, a global society of university professors, graduate students and practitioners who apply qualitative and quantitative research to problems faced by individuals and groups.

Ebrahimpour, a longtime member, past president and vice president of the society, was recently recognized with the Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award at the 2019 Decision Sciences Institute Conference in New Orleans. The Grawoig Award, named for one of the organization’s founders, goes to a member who has selflessly provided service to the Institute in publicly recognized roles and behind the scenes.

In choosing Ebrahimpour, the selection committee highlighted his role in revitalizing the Institute as national president from 2013 to 2014, his decade-long stewardship of the Institute’s scholarly magazine, “Decision Line,” and numerous leadership roles on the national and regional level. He was also president of Northeast Decision Sciences Institute from 1997 to 1998.

“As editor of ‘Decision Line,’ Maling worked very hard to ensure that timely information was provided to members but also worked with authors to publish interesting articles on professional development and new trends in research or practices,” said DSI President Janet L. Hartley. “As president, he provided outstanding leadership during DSI’s successful transition to implement newly approved by-laws. But perhaps more important is Maling’s willingness to tirelessly contribute his time and effort to the Decision Sciences Institute whenever called upon.”

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Ebrahimpour. “Since joining DSI in 1983, I’ve served in almost every capacity and have been active since I joined. This is my professional home where I’ve met a lot of like-minded faculty and created a network of colleagues that shares common scholarly research interests.”

Along with being dean of the URI College of Business, Ebrahimpour is the Alfred J. Verrecchia-Hasbro Inc. Leadership Chair in Business at URI. He also served on the board of the Florida Holocaust Museum and is serving on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and Evergreen Living Services. He was the first person in Rhode Island selected as evaluator for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the first inducted into the Rhode Island Quality Hall of Fame. A scholar in global business, his research has appeared in top-tier international journals.

The URI College of Business has served as a leader in business education, research and outreach in Rhode Island since it was founded in 1923. It was the first accredited business school in Rhode Island, and is the only program in the state with accredited programs at the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. levels.

The College’s more than 2,000 undergraduates explore majors in accounting, entrepreneurial management, finance, general business, global business, marketing, supply chain management, textile marketing and textiles, fashion merchandising and design. Graduate students can seek MBAs in strategic innovation, general business, or a master of science in accounting, finance, textiles, fashion merchandising and design, labor relations and human resources, or a Ph.D. in business administration.

The College of Business recently was the recipient of a $15 million gift from former Hasbro CEO Alfred J. ’67, MBA ’72, and Geraldine Verrecchia. The gift will create a scholarship for high-achieving students, a fund for students pursuing competitive internships, a faculty chair and professorship in artificial intelligence and business analytics, and an emerging technology fund. URI will also establish the Alfred J. Verrecchia Center for Business Excellence to honor Verrecchia’s transformative gift and his years of dedication to the University.

The Decision Sciences Institute is a global society of more than 2,700 academics and practitioners dedicated to creating, developing, fostering, and disseminating knowledge to improve managerial decisions and decision-making involving systems and people. DSI, which marked its 50th anniversary this year, hosts an annual conference and publishes two research journals, “Decision Sciences” and “Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.”