Peter Brews, a professor and former associate dean at the University of North Carolina’s business school, was named dean of the business school at the University of South Carolina on Tuesday.
He starts Jan. 16 -- just four months ahead of the opening of a new, ultragreen $106.5 million business school building on Assembly and Greene streets.
“Dr. Brews has extensive international business connections and a keen sense of the global economy’s ongoing evolution. He is the right person at the right time,” USC president Harris Pastides said in statement.
John McDermott, chair of the economics department, ran the Darla Moore school since May when Hildy Teegen stepped down as dean after six years.
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The school is one of the most prominent on the USC campus because of its ties to economic-development efforts statewide and top-ranked undergraduate international business program in the annual survey from U.S. News & World Report. The business school is named after USC’s largest benefactor, Lake City financier Darla Moore.
Brews, a 56-year-old South Africa native, taught strategic management at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business before working at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School as professor of strategy and entrepreneurship and associate dean of its OneMBA program.
The OneMBA program, started at Brews’ suggestion, includes curriculum from four foreign business schools in Asia, Europe, North America and South America to provide multinational experiences.
Brews worked in banking and finance before becoming a lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa and assistant professor at Babson College in Massachusetts.
He earned degrees in business and corporate law from the University of Witwatersrand, a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University and two doctorates in business administration from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Pittsburgh.
He has written about strategic management for Internet-generation companies and speaks to companies about the impact of globalization and the Internet.
“Peter Brews’ wealth of business education expertise as well as his extensive experience in the international arena will bring a bold vision to the Darla Moore School of Business,” USC Provost Michael Amiridis said in a statement.
The Moore School has than 4,000 undergraduate students and nearly 900 graduate students.