Business-School Dean Explores Campus, Sets Priorities

August 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm

Mohamed “Mo” Djerdjouri, Ph.D.

Dr. Mohamed “Mo” Djerdjouri is quickly learning his way around two campuses as he picks up the reins of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.

As the newly appointed dean of the business school, Djerdjouri has spent much of his time becoming acclimated to the downtown facility. His office provides a great vantage point as it overlooks a hub of activity in downtown Spartanburg. But in addition to getting used to his downtown accommodations, Djerdjouri has also spent time on the University’s main campus, located on the city’s outskirts.

“It’s been excellent – I’ve had a lot of help from my staff,” said Djerdjouri, who joined the University on July 10. “I’ve been learning a lot about the University and the college. I’m meeting one-on-one with all my faculty. They’re extremely competent and very excited about the changes going on at the University itself, and at the college level. And I’ve had the chance to meet the people on the campus, particularly through meetings. I feel a lot of excitement on campus, and that makes me very excited, myself. I’m looking forward to the coming academic year.”

USC Upstate Chancellor Brendan Kelly, Ph.D., said he anticipates that Djerdjouri will be a valuable asset to both the University and the larger community.

“We could not be more pleased than to have Mo as part of the leadership team for USC Upstate,” Kelly said. “His enthusiasm, intellect and positive leadership will be great forces in guiding the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics to being an even greater resource for the Upstate of South Carolina.”

Even though he’s been on campus only slightly more than a month, Djerdjouri said he has developed several priorities for the upcoming academic year and beyond.

“Our priorities for the upcoming years include [Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business] accreditation maintenance, expanding academic-program offerings with new undergraduate programs in supply-chain management, health care management, and international business, and with graduate Master programs in analytics, accounting and other fields,” he said, “and expanding our engagement with the Spartanburg business community in particular and the entire Upstate community at large.”

Djerdjouri joins the University from the State University of New York-Plattsburg, where he served as professor of operations research and analytics, and director of the Master of Science program in business analytics in the School of Business and Economics. From 2007-15, Djerdjouri served as SUNY-Plattsburg’s chair of the Department of Management, International Business, and Information Systems.

Dr. Clifton Flynn, the University’s interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, noted the breadth of experience that Djerdjouri brings to his post.

“He has an impressive scholarly record and extensive international experience,” Flynn said. “He has lived and worked in five different countries, is fluent in three languages, and has traveled to more than 40 countries.”

Djerdjouri earned his Master of Science in mathematics from the Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie in Algeria, and his Ph.D. in operations research from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

Prior to joining academia, Djerdjouri worked as a senior operations research analyst for Scientific Time Sharing Corp., a logistics company in Philadelphia. While there, he developed mathematical models, algorithms and information systems to solve logistics and operations problems for large firms.

His publications have appeared in various scientific journals including Operations Research Letters, European Journal of Operational Research, Information Systems and Operational Research Journal, Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computers, Total Quality Management, Journal of Pure Mathematics, International Journal of Applied Decision Making, Journal of Business and Accounting.

Djerdjouri succeeds Dr. Frank Rudisill as dean of the college; Rudisill will return to teaching at USC Upstate in the fall semester.