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Sacred Heart University taps Martha J. Crawford as new dean of Welch Business School


Sacred Heart University has announced the appointment of Martha J. Crawford as the new dean of the Jack Welch College of Business, effective Aug. 5. She replaces John Chalykoff, who is retiring.

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Crawford has been part of the faculty at the Harvard Business School since 2016, where she teaches the MBA core-curriculum course “Leadership and Corporate Accountability” and developed the course “21st-Century Energy.” Earlier in her career, she held senior vice president of research and development for the French-based multinational companies Air Liquide, Areva and L’Oréal. 

“We are excited to welcome Martha to the SHU community,” said Rupendra Paliwal, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We believe she is the right person to actualize our vision of integrating business and technology education – something that began with the move of the School of Computer Science & Engineering into the College of Business. Her expertise in creating value through technical innovation will be critical as we continue to develop an innovation center at West Campus. She is dedicated to providing a transformational learning experience for our students and also contributing to the regional economy.”

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