The University of Portland named a new dean of the Pamplin School of Business. Michael DeVaughn takes over the position effective July 1. DeVaughn, who holds a doctorate, follows Robin Anderson, who retired as dean in June 2020.

DeVaughn is the first Black dean of the university’s business school.

“Dr. DeVaughn comes to U.P. with a deep personal appreciation for the strength of our educational offerings and the richness of our community,” said Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman  outgoing president of the university. “When speaking with Michael, his passion for our university’s Catholic and Holy Cross missions, his dedication to matters of equity and inclusion and his commitment to business education rooted in the liberal arts are immediately apparent.”

“I am thrilled to be joining U.P. as the next dean of the Pamplin School of Business,” said DeVaughn. “U.P.’s educational, mission-centered excellence has been on my radar for years, ever since my son was an undergraduate there.”

DeVaughn joins the University of Portland from the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been a faculty member at St. Thomas since 2008 and has served in various leadership roles at the institution including faculty director of the master of business administration program and research fellow in the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship.

DeVaughn received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a master’s from Indiana University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.