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Armstrong chair named at Miami

11/26/2002

Sumit Sircar has been appointed Mike Armstrong Chair in Network Technology and Management at Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business.

Sircar will also serve as director of the school’s Center for Innovation in Communications and Information Technology.

Miami alumnus Michael Armstrong, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Corp., established the chair and the center.

In commenting on Sircar’s appointment, Armstrong said, “I believe that broadband digital networks will be at the core of transforming business processes and strategies. My expectation is that this chair will have a significant impact in integrating curriculum development across the school of business and help develop managers who understand and harness the power of network technologies to create competitive advantage.”

Roger L. Jenkins, dean, said, “Professor Sircar will work collaboratively with our Center for Interactive Media Studies and will also partner with other disciplines in the university, including the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Science, with comprehensive programs to prepare students with the skills needed for a rapidly changing work environment.”

Sircar is currently a professor and director of the Center for Information Technologies Management at the University of Texas at Arlington. He joined the university in 1980 and has held other positions including associate dean of the College of Business Administration and chairman of the department of information systems and operations management. He earned a doctorate at the Harvard Business School in 1976.

Sircar’s industry experience includes four years as a manager at Union Carbide. He also has significant international experience, having taught and consulted in Canada, Singapore and South Korea.

The Richard T. Farmer School of Business is AACSB accredited and offers 11 majors and 12 minors. U.S. News & World Report ranks it among the nation's top 50 undergraduate business programs.

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