James Hall

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James C. Hall 1943-2008
James Hall joined Pace in 1979 after receiving his MA and PhD degrees in Adult Education from the University of Chicago. He was Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs for the Lubin School, overseeing all of the School's full- and part-time graduate programs: MBA, MS, EMBA, and DPS.

As Associate Dean for Planning and Assessment, Jim was responsible for the assessment of learning outcomes in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Lubin, and for reaccreditation by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Typically, MBA classes focus on single disciplines like accounting, finance, or marketing. Jim was one of a team of six faculty members who designed and implemented the problem-centered Executive MBA program (EMBA), lauded by the AACSB Peer Review Team as "highly innovative, ahead of its time, and unique in the marketplace." In this problem-solving curriculum, groups of students progress in teams, solving problems by drawing on several of the business disciplines simultaneously. Since Lubin began extending the approach to the traditional MBA last year, about half the school's traditional MBA students have now opted into the new curriculum.

Jim also oversaw the redesign of the Lubin MBA program by the Graduate Curriculum Committee, which was recently approved by the Lubin Faculty Council by an overwhelming majority.

During his 29 years at Pace, Jim was also a Professor and Graduate Program Chair in the Department of Management and Management Science, a Co-Director of the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development, and Dean of University College. Jim was, above all, a teacher who enjoyed nothing more than being in the classroom, whether it was as a leader in the MBA cohort or in the EMBA programs.

Lubin and Pace have become far richer institutions of learning for his involvement and guidance. He will be remembered as a major contributor to Pace and to Lubin in every capacity in which he was called upon to serve, and for his positive impact on the way business schools teach.

Jim's wife, Julia, survives him, as do his stepchildren, Julia Ashenhurst of Chicago, Illinois; Martha Ashenhurst-Lundin of LaGrange, Illinois; David Ashenhurst of Oberlin, Ohio; and John Ashenhurst of Yonago, Japan; and four grandchildren.

[Dean Hall with graduate students]