Jan. 28, 2015
The dean of Memorial’s business faculty began his first term on Jan. 22.
“I think it’s important that Memorial University have a strong connection with the business community in the province and the board of trade in St. John’s,” he said. “It’s important that we all work together for the betterment of the social and economic well-being of the city and of the province.”
Dr. Zerbe first joined Memorial in 2010 and was reappointed as dean in 2014. During his tenure, he has focused on developing international partnerships, which have helped to grow the business school’s student numbers in spite of declining local enrollment. The faculty also renewed its international accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the highest global standard that a business school can achieve – and implemented a chair in corporate governance and transparency and a new master of science in management degree.
“I think it’s an interesting time for the city and the province [and] the university and the business school are an important part of that,” he said. “I look forward to advancing the Faculty of Business Administration and the work we do and, at the same time, to contributing to the discussions of the board on the social and economic well-being of the province.
“This university has a lot to offer. We bring a unique perspective and I think it will be of great benefit.”
Dr. Zerbe says his time on the board is also an opportunity to connect with alumni in the business community.
“Many members of the business community are graduates of the business faculty and we’re well-represented on the board of trade through them. This is an opportunity to connect previous generations of graduates with future generations of graduates.”
Dr. Zerbe came to Memorial from the University of Calgary where he was a faculty member at the Haskayne School of Business and held positions as associate dean (MBA) and associate dean (executive education).
He received his PhD in commerce and business administration from the University of British Columbia and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in psychology. His research interests focus on emotions in organizations, organizational research methods, service sector management, business ethics and leadership.