Archive for March, 2011

Ira Solomon named new dean of Freeman School

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Ira Solomon, the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business and head of the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. The appointment is effective June 1.

Ira Solomon

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Ira Solomon has been named the new dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Tulane President Scott Cowen made the announcement on Monday, March 21, culminating a nine-month national search led by Professor of Finance Sheri Tice and Tulane Provost Michael Bernstein.

A leading scholar in his field, Solomon has been a primary architect in creating what is widely regarded as one of the finest accountancy programs in the country.

Solomon received his BBA, MPA and PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He initially held faculty appointments at the University of Arizona before moving to the University of Illinois in 1983.

Throughout a distinguished career, Solomon has focused his research and teaching on external auditing and attestation. He has published more than 35 scholarly articles, monographs and books, many of which have been recognized for their innovation and impact by organizations such as the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as an associate editor of The Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons and is currently on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He is also a vice president of the AAA and has previously served as research director of its Auditing Section, vice president of its Academic Section and its president. The AAA recognized Solomon as the Outstanding Auditing Educator of 1997. Also, in 1997, 2000 and 2003, the AAA Auditing Section recognized him for Outstanding Dissertation Supervision. In 2009, he received a Special Award of Merit by the Illinois CPA Society and recognition by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education.

Solomon will replace Angelo DeNisi, the Albert Harry Cohen Chair in Business Administration, who has served as dean of the Freeman School since July 2005. DeNisi will join the faculty at the business school.

Freeman jumps in latest U.S. News & World Report ranking

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

In its latest survey of America’s best business schools, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Freeman School 40th on its list of the best graduate schools of business.

U.S. News & World Report logoThe ranking, which was published March 15 on, represents a jump of 13 spots over the Freeman School’s previous ranking—the second-biggest increase of any school on this year’s list—and is Freeman’s highest ranking in U.S. News & World Report since 2002.

This latest rating comes on the heels of several other strong showings in recent surveys. For the first time in history, the Freeman School’s MBA program and undergraduate program are both ranked in the top 50 by the two leading ranking organizations, U.S. News & World Report and Businessweek.

“While we still have much to accomplish, I’m thrilled to see the hard work of our students, faculty and staff reflected in this latest ranking,” said Angelo DeNisi, dean of the Freeman School. “With our recent showings in Entrepreneur, Businessweek and now U.S. News & World Report, I feel confident in saying the Freeman School is currently ranked higher in more national surveys than at any time in its history.”

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings in part on assessments of quality from business school deans and corporate recruiters and several measures of student selectivity, but Freeman’s jump in this year’s ranking was driven in large part by exceptionally strong placement statistics. Of the top 50 schools on the list, Freeman ranked seventh for percentage of MBA graduates employed at graduation (75 percent) and fourth for percentage of graduates employed three months after graduation (93.3 percent).

“It is especially gratifying to see that our improvement is based to a great extent on placement numbers,” added DeNisi. “The fact that employers are hiring our students at a faster rate than students from better known, more highly ranked business schools is the best evidence I can think of to show we’re moving in the right direction.”

In addition to being published on, the ranking will also appear in the 2012 edition of U.S. News Media Group’s Best Graduate Schools. The book includes rankings in five of the largest professional school disciplines—business, law, education, engineering and medicine—as well as detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 programs nationwide.

For more information about Best Graduate Schools, visit To learn more about the methodology and data research, visit

Bloomberg economist to discuss economic recovery

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Richard Yamarone, senior economist with Bloomberg Brief: Economics, will discuss the current state of the economy in a special lecture at the A. B. Freeman School of Business.

Richard Yamarone

Richard Yamarone

Yamarone’s presentation, “What Indicators to Watch for Signs of Economic Recovery,” will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 5 p.m. in Room 2110 of Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on Tulane’s uptown campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

Yamarone is an economist who has more than two decades of experience and focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, economic indicators, fixed income, commodities, and general macroeconomic conditions for Bloomberg Brief: Economics, a daily newsletter that features analysis, data and news on the forces shaping the global economy. Yamarone and the Bloomberg Briefs economics team provide in-depth analysis of macroeconomic data, policy and trends and how they will impact financial markets.

Yamarone forecasts U.S. economic statistics and trends, builds macroeconometric models, and analyzes possible outcomes. He is the creator of the Bloomberg Orange Book, a compilation of macroeconomic anecdotes gleaned from comments CEOs and CFOs made on quarterly earnings conference calls. He travels extensively to speak to clients and corporate executives on the economic outlook, public speaking, and career and management coaching.

The Bloomberg Brief: Economics is one of several specialized newsletters that combine Bloomberg data and news with industry-specific original content and commentary. Bloomberg Briefs are a product of the Bloomberg Professional® service. Bloomberg Briefs are available to customers of the Bloomberg Professional® service at no additional cost at BRIEF. Non-Bloomberg users can subscribe to the newsletters at

He has won numerous accolades for his work, including being featured as one of the top 10 economists in the nation by USA Today in 2007 and “Nosttradamus of the Financial Industry” by Bank Advisor in 2008 for his prediction of the financial crises.

For more information about the lecture, contact Rhonda A. Brown, director of constituents services and initiatives, at or 504-862-8470.

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