Rick Muth Endowed Chair - Dr. Lori Muse

Dr. Lori MuseDr. Lori Muse, Professor of Management, has been appointed as the Rick Muth Family Chair in Family Business. The appointment will be effective as of the beginning of spring semester 2013.

The endowed position was established through a fundraising drive led by major donor Rick Muth, president of Stanton-based Orco Block. Mr. Muth is a founding member of the university’s Center for Family Business.

Dr. Muse, who joined the university in 2008, will work with the Center for Family Business, and Ed Hart, center director, and family business leaders throughout Southern California. In her role as endowed chair, Dr. Muse is planning to re-vamp the family business curriculum, spearhead research projects on contemporary issues facing family run firms and lead new undertakings to secure external funding for the Center for Family Business.

Lori earned her doctorate in human resource management and organizational analysis and change from Auburn University. She also holds a master’s of science in business administration and an MBA from Auburn, as well as a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Akron, and a C.P.A.

Prior to joining Cal State Fullerton, Dr. Muse served on the faculty of Western Michigan University. She practiced as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen and Co. before launching her academic career. She was named the 2012 Outstanding Faculty Member for the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. She has conducted research and published articles in a wide range of academic and professional journals, including the Family Business Review, Journal of Small Business Management, Small Business Economics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Dr. Muse also brings grant writing experience to the Center for Family Business. In 2010, she was a co-principal investigator on a $100,000 grant awarded by the Graduate Management Admission Council to conduct research on interpersonal skills and their importance for success in managerial settings. Dr. Muse then championed the inclusion of interpersonal skills, leadership and decision-making proficiency into the College’s full-time MBA program.



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