Concordia University Chicago announced the appointment of Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt as dean of the University’s College of Business this week.

Dr. Lynn Hunnicutt

“I am excited to join Concordia-Chicago and look forward to contributing to the University’s focus on vocation as an integral part of its mission,” says Hunnicutt. “I am eager to engage my business colleagues in discussions about how we can incorporate questions of meaning and purpose into our curriculum. The opportunity to join in work around the common themes of truth, freedom and vocation should lead to some innovative collaborative opportunities across the University that I can’t wait to start exploring. I look forward to bringing what I’ve learned to Concordia-Chicago to see what we can build together.”

Hunnicutt joins CUC after nearly 20 years at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) where she served as professor of economics and as department chair, faculty affairs committee chair and the inaugural director of PLU’s Wild Hope Center for Vocation. For the past four years, her time was split between her role at PLU and as assistant director of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), an initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges. At NetVUE, her primary responsibility was managing the grants program, and supporting vocation-related projects at member colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Hunnicutt’s career has focused on the theme of vocation; she says the “idea of vocation as a gift, not necessarily a set of answers, but of questions that inform the way one shows up in the world, is one of the things I hope to bring to CUC.”

As dean, Hunnicutt will be responsible for strategic leadership of the College including curricular programing, faculty development, fiscal management and accreditation compliance. The College offers degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels. “My vision for the College of Business is that we will have a distinctive curriculum which, in addition to providing a first-rate business education, also offers students at every level the chance to reflect on questions of meaning that will help them discover who they are and how they plan to influence the world,” she says.

Her academic areas of focus include industrial organization, history of economic thought, statistics and microeconomics; and her research interests include bargaining, organizational decision making and measuring market power.

Hunnicutt earned her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Oregon State University. She also holds a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in economics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her appointment is effective July 1; she replaces Dr. Claudia Santin who served as college dean from 2014 to 2021.

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