University of South Carolina

McDermott named interim dean of Moore School

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

John McDermott, chair of the economics department, has been named interim dean of the Darla Moore School of Business.

McDermott, who has been the economics chair for five years, will start July 1 while a national search continues for a replacement for Hildy Teegen who has served as dean since 2007.

The interim appointment was announced Friday by Provost Michael Amiridis.

Amiridis also expressed the university’s appreciation of Teegen for her leadership and contributions over the last six years to the Darla Moore School of Business and the university and pointed out that she will assist McDermott in his new interim role prior to her international engagement in the Fulbright Scholars program.

“John is a seasoned administrator for the interim position,” Amiridis says, adding McDermott is a recognized scholar in economic growth and international monetary theory and a celebrated teacher and mentor who has served the Moore School with distinction for more than 30 years.

Amiridis says McDermott, 61, will focus his efforts primarily on undergraduate and graduate enrollments and instruction, the school’s initiatives in technology to deliver instruction across space, an accreditation visit and the school’s move to its new building.

“I look forward to helping lead the Moore School during the coming year,” McDermott says. “There is a wealth of talent at the school – faculty, students and staff – and it is a privilege to be able to serve as the interim dean.”

As a scholar in economic growth and development McDermott’s work has appeared in the top journals in economics. His paper “Culture, Caution and Trust” with colleague Jan Breuer appeared recently in the Journal of Development Economics. His collaboration with Marvin Goodfriend produced “Early Development” and “Industrial Development and the Convergence Question,” both of which appeared in the American Economic Review. And his paper “Development Dynamics: Economic Integration and the Demographic Transition” was featured in the Journal of Economic Growth.

Lauded for his teaching, McDermott has been named the IMBA (formerly MIBS) Outstanding Professor of the Year three times. His service at USC has extended beyond his leadership in the Moore School to include participation in searches for administrators and numerous university committees, including ones for admissions, tenure and promotion, budget and religious affairs.

McDermott earned his bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University in 1973 and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Brown University in 1974 and 1979, respectively. Prior to joining USC’s faculty in 1983 he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Delaware and Holy Cross College.

A native of Lafayette, Ind., McDermott and his wife Suzanne, a professor in the USC School of Medicine, have four children.

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Posted: 05/28/13 @ 8:20 AM | Updated: 05/30/13 @ 1:24 PM | Permalink



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