UE Appoints New Executive Director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The University of Evansville announced today the appointment of Dr. Jill Griffin as the Executive Director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana.  Dr. Griffin is currently Director of the GAP Program and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Evansville.

“Dr. Griffin brings a unique combination of academic, professional, and international experience to this position,” noted UE President Tom Kazee.  “Her work with our very successful GAP program – which brings students together into cross-disciplinary teams to provide value for regional and global enterprises – has demonstrated her multiple strengths as a teacher, program developer, and leader.  We’re particularly excited about this opportunity to make the GAP Program a vibrant contributor to the learning experience for students across the University.”

“I am truly excited about the opportunity to further enhance the global capabilities of our region and to prepare our students for leadership in a globally interconnected world,” Griffin said. “The cornerstone of our initiative, the GAP Program, draws upon the strengths of the university and our partners in the community. Our liberal arts foundation, strong professional programs, and intensive faculty-student interaction allow us to collaborate in unique ways to address complex issues facing enterprises today. This enables UE to attract highly capable students and to enhance the intellectual capital of the region. It is this winning combination that energizes me the most about this opportunity.” 

Prior to completing her Ph.D. in Marketing at the University of Texas, Dr. Griffin worked for Dell Computer Corporation as a Brand Manager and as a Business Development Manager responsible for Dell’s strategic relationships with various consulting partners.  Dr. Griffin also served as Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting, working primarily in supply chain operations systems. She brings additional experience in high tech from her work at Intel Corporation and Motorola, Inc.

In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Griffin’s broad academic background includes an MBA and MSE in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MA in Economics from Indiana University, and a BA in Mathematics and Russian Language from Trinity University.

Dr. Griffin has spent more than seven years living, working, and studying in countries including Russia, Bulgaria, Austria, and Germany. She teaches marketing courses regularly at the University of Konstanz in Germany and conducts research with colleagues in Germany, Switzerland, and Azerbaijan. Her published research focuses on behavioral decision-making and consumer behavior, and has appeared in top professional journals, including the Journal of Consumer Psychology and the Journal of Marketing Research.

The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana is dedicated to preparing UE students and Indiana enterprises for global leadership, citizenry, and success.  The Institute is funded by the generous support of Lilly Endowment Inc. 

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