James Fairfield-Sonn is stepping down as dean of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford on June 30.
Fairfield-Sonn joined the faculty in 1982 and has been dean for eight years. He will be on leave for the fall semester of 2013 and will return in 2014 as a faculty member.
In a letter to faculty and staff, university President Walter Harrison said that during Fairfield-Sonn's tenure the business school "has been enriched by the addition of an actuarial science minor, implementation of the choice between online or in-classroom MBA classes, increased numbers of students enrolled in honors courses, and recognition of the work of top students through the Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi."
In 2011, Barney School earned reaccreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, which Harrison said is an achievement that places it "in a select group of business schools around the world."
In a statement, Fairfield-Sonn said, "After long and serious reflection, I believe it is now time for me to conclude this chapter of my professional life and to begin a new chapter."
In 2008, Fairfield-Sonn established the Barney Hall of Fame to recognize Barney alumni for their outstanding achievements. He also oversaw the creation of the Mali Global Center in 2009, a state-of-the-art video conference center that enables students to interact with other students around the world.
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