New Deans Welcomed to Montclair State

Photo: Mike Peters

Elrie LaBrent Chrite, Marietta Morrissey, and Constantine Theodosiou

As is the case each year, the 2009-2010 academic year saw the arrival of many new people to Montclair State: new students, new faculty, and new staff. But for two of the University’s schools and one college, the year had particular significance because their new arrivals were deans.

Montclair State welcomes Elrie LaBrent Chrite, Marietta Morrissey, and Constantine Theodosiou to the campus as deans of the School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and The Graduate School, respectively. “I am very pleased that we have found three strong individuals for these positions,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Willard Gingerich. “Each of them brings new skills, expanded national and international perspectives, and fresh energy to their college and schools.”

“Dean Chrite understands fully the competitive challenges of business education for our increasingly global and culturally diverse market and financial systems,” continues Gingerich. “Dean Morrissey, an accomplished sociologist, has the management acumen and background to lead the largest and most complex college of the University. And Dean Theodosiou, a renowned scientist, brings both experience and a vision of graduate education which will promote and nourish the full research and program potential of the faculty, especially in the cultivation of inter- and transdisciplinary teams.”

We are pleased to introduce these new leaders to the Montclair State University community.

Elrie LaBrent Chrite
Dean, School of Business

The School of Business welcomes as its new dean, Elrie LaBrent Chrite, PhD. He joins Montclair State from the University of Arizona, where he was associate dean and Gemelli Faculty Fellow of the Eller College of Management. Prior to the University of Arizona, Chrite held several positions at the University of Michigan, beginning as an administrator in the University of Michigan hospital system and moving on to the Business School as director of Administrative Services, director of the African Business Development Corps, executive director of the South Africa Initiatives Office, managing director of the William Davidson Institute, and assistant dean for Global Development.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University (BA), the University of Missouri-Columbia (MS), and the University of Michigan (PhD).

“The School of Business at Montclair State University is uniquely positioned to become a leader in the provision of innovative, rigorous, and market-centered management education programs,” notes Chrite. “By building on the reputation of our incredible faculty, harnessing the energy and commitment of dedicated students, and by leveraging our location in the heart of the world’s most dynamic business environment, the future of the School of Business is extremely bright. I’m delighted to be here at Montclair State University and to assist the School of Business and its many stakeholders in fulfilling the promise of academic excellence and market impact that our community deserves.”

Marietta Morrissey
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Marietta Morrissey, PhD, joins Montclair State University as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was most recently associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toledo in Ohio and prior to that, chaired the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work there.

Morrissey’s teaching and research interests focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, with a particular interest in the state and economic development. She is the author of Slave Women in the New World: Gender Stratification in the Caribbean, and many articles and book chapters. As the recipient of two Fulbright awards, she has taught in Panama, and taught and conducted research in Costa Rica.

A native of Pittsburgh, Morrissey is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (BA) and Michigan State University (MA and PhD).

“Since I arrived in July of last year, I have been continually impressed by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, staff, and students,” says Morrissey. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to preserve and foster our many strong departments and programs, and to build creative and productive initiatives that will serve our students well in a time of shifting regional economic and social priorities. Our potential for effective and meaningful teaching, research, and service is limitless!”

Constantine Theodosiou
Dean, The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Research

Joining Montclair State as dean of The Graduate School and vice provost for research is Constantine Theodosiou, PhD. Before coming to Montclair State, he was interim dean of the College of Graduate Studies, associate dean for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, interim director of both the Plant Science Research Center and the Lake Erie Research Center, chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and director of Graduate Studies in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Toledo.

A professor of physics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Theodosiou holds a doctorate in atomic physics from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s diploma in physics and mathematics from the National University of Athens, Greece. He has published over 70 refereed journal articles and chapters, and has won numerous grants for both research and program development from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

“Graduate education and support for scientific research are at a crossroads in the U.S., with a national reassessment underway of their purpose and future direction,” says Theodosiou. “I am excited at the opportunity to help Montclair State University move forward in this pivotal time.”