Montclair University said Wednesday it named Kimberly Killmer Hollister, Ph.D, the dean of the Feliciano School of Business, effective June 1, 2020.
Killmer will succeed Dean Greg Cant, who is leaving at the end of May to become president of Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pa.
Hollister has served as the business school’s vice dean since 2015. A professor of Information and Operations Management, she joined the faculty in 1999 and previously served as acting dean from 2014 to 2015 and associate dean from 2008 to 2014.
“Dr. Kimberly Hollister is the enlightened choice for Dean of the Feliciano School at this moment in its history; not only does she understand how to effectively guide the school through our current common crisis, she has a compelling vision for business education that will inspire and prepare the coming generation of business and industry leadership,” said University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Willard Gingerich.
Hollister’s record of service includes playing a key role in the design and construction of the 2015, $65 million state-of-the-art Feliciano School building; establishing the Ellyn A. McColgan Student Services Center; securing approval and funding to create the MIX 3D Innovation Lab; developing new academic programs in Real Estate Finance, Forensic Accounting and Data Analytics; and facilitating the launch of the school’s Online MBA program.
“I am well acquainted with and have long admired the outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, and the passionate and engaged alumni and students who make the Feliciano School of Business great,” Hollister said. “I’m honored to be offered this challenging new role and committed to continuing the tremendous momentum at the school. I can’t wait to listen, learn and lead this incredible school as we focus on our unique mission to develop talent for a changing world.”
Hollister has taken the lead in managing and maintaining the school’s accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global leader in business education accreditation standards.
Hollister earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and a B.S. and M.S. in Systems Science and Engineering also from the University of Pennsylvania. She has published extensively, delivered numerous conference and meeting presentations, and is the recipient of honors and awards, including being named to the 50 Best Women in Business list by NJBIZ in 2016.