USF's new business dean will speak to New Tampa Rotarians
Moez Limayem, the University of South Florida's new dean of the College of Business, will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 4 gathering of the Rotary Club of New Tampa. The club meets weekly at 7 a.m. at the Tampa Palms Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palm Blvd. Guests are always welcome. Limayem, a native of Ksar Hellal, Tunisia, came on board in July after serving as the associate dean for research and graduate programs at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He earned an MBA and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Minnesota where he also served as an instructor. In addition, he taught at Laval University in Canada, City University of Hong Kong, University of Lausanne in Switzerland and the University of Arkansas."USF needs a business dean with the kind of global perspective he has," said Provost Ralph Wilcox. Prior to obtaining his degrees he served in the private sector as a systems analyst and computing consultant and is known as an expert on the power of social and information systems. Limayem said he was enticed to pursue the USF position because of the College of Business's solid foundation and upward trajectory. He's since been working with faculty, the business community and other leaders to help identify ways to leverage those strengths. An area that needs to be capitalized on, he said, is linking business intelligence and analytics. "We can teach students how to mine and interpret mountains of data and we can produce graduates who know how to turn that data into meaningful information that helps them succeed in their careers and drives business decisions," Limayem said. The topic of his Jan. 4 talk will be Beyond the Books: How academics can use social media and research to build businesses. Contact Connie Bladon at [email protected] or (813) 505-6515 for more information.