Norean Radke Sharpe to Join Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business

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April 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. _ Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business Dean George G. Daly today announced the appointment of Norean Radke Sharpe as the school's new associate dean and director for undergraduate programs. Sharpe, who will join the school in July, currently is a faculty member and administrator at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachussetts.

"Norean Sharpe brings a wealth of experience in the areas of undergraduate teaching and administration to Georgetown's McDonough School of Business," said Daly. "As we unite the school's students, faculty, and staff in our new, state-of-the-art building, the addition of Dr. Sharpe will add to the momentum with her initiatives for our undergraduate programs."

Sharpe most recently served as the chair of the Division of Mathematics and Science at Babson College, managing faculty and staff in the disciplines of mathematics; operations research; statistics; and the physical, life and environmental sciences. In this role, she revised the undergraduate business curriculum and improved the co-curricular experience of students. She also developed a strategic plan for quantitative undergraduate education, advised students, mentored faculty, and established a cross-institutional seminar series for students and faculty. Babson, a stand-alone business school, is noted for its outstanding teaching and focus on entrepreneurship.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, Sharpe also is a professor of statistics and operations research at Babson, with previous academic appointments at Bowdoin College and Yale University. She has served as the chair of multiple task forces that examined the academic, social, and cultural issues facing undergraduate business students.

"I am looking forward to working with Georgetown's McDonough School of Business students and faculty to build upon a program that already emphasizes educational excellence," Sharpe said. "This is an exciting time to join the school, and I believe that, given the caliber and commitment of both students and faculty, we have an enormous opportunity to raise our recognition as global leaders in business education."

Sharpe's research, which focuses on statistics education, diversity issues in math and science, and forecasting models, has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and most recently a textbook for introductory business statistics.

Serving in many professional organizations, Sharpe also is a co-founder and chairman of the board for a not-for-profit that serves to increase the participation of underrepresented youth in the areas of mathematics - the DOME Foundation, Inc. (Diversity and Outreach in Mathematics and Engineering). Sharpe earned a B.A. in mathematics and German from Mount Holyoke College, an M.S. in Biomathematics from the University of North Carolina, and a Ph.D. in systems engineering from the University of Virginia.

About Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business is a premier business school in the nation's capital. Founded in 1957 to educate undergraduate business students through the integration of liberal arts and professional education, the school annually welcomes some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 500 participants in its executive education programs. For more information about Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, visit