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Weatherhead Appoints Three New Department Chairs

Posted 9.1.2009

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rs take the helm in Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Economics

CLEVELAND – The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University is announcing the appointment of three new department chairs.  They are professors Gary Previts (Accounting), J.B. Silvers (Banking and Finance) and Susan Helper (Economics). In these leadership roles, they bring combined more than seven decades of experience to their positions.

“Each of these faculty members brings a unique outlook and distinctive expertise to their departments,” said Weatherhead School of Management Dean N. Mohan Reddy.   “We are fortunate to have them on board in these key leadership roles, guiding the school and our programs forward this academic year and into the future.”

Gary Previts
Previts has been an influential member of the Weatherhead faculty for the past 30 years.  His accounting credentials are extensive, having served as president of both the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Accounting Association.  He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ board of directors; the Accountability Advisory Council of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession of the U.S. Department of Treasury.

At Weatherhead, Previts is involved in research of contemporary accounting practices.  Along with his colleagues, he has conducted studies for the AICPA Special Committee on Financial Reporting and the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Business Reporting Research Project.   Previts is the editor of Research in Accounting Regulation and co-author of A History of Accountancy in the United States.  In addition to being named the Accountancy Department Chair, Previts holds the prestigious E. Mandell de Windt Professorship.

J.B. Silvers
Silvers, a 30 year veteran of Weatherhead, is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Health Systems Management and the newly named Banking and Finance Department Chair.  Before coming to Weatherhead in 1979, he was on the faculty at Stanford, Harvard and Indiana universities.  He served as a CEO of an insurance company, an adviser to Congress and, most recently, as a member of the board of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the organization that accredits and measures the quality of over 15,000 healthcare providers across the globe.

Silvers has been published widely in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of the American Medical Association and Medical Care.  His research centers on how expensive medical treatments are chosen and how value in healthcare is created, distributed and destroyed.

Susan Helper
Helper, AT&T Professor in Economics and member of the faculty since 1990, is widely recognized by the national media as an auto industry expert.  She has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the New York Times, and her work has been published in the American Economic Review, Sloan Management Review and the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.

Helper’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of long-term, information-rich relationships between suppliers and customers, and management and labor. Current projects include studying the development of renewable energy supply chains, the off-shoring of automotive design and engineering to India and the development of supplier capability in the U.S. and Mexico.  She is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and of the MIT International Motor Vehicle Program.


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