Felisa Higgins, Smeal’s associate dean for undergraduate education and a clinical professor of supply chain management, has been appointed as the William A. Donan Professor of Business Administration.

Higgins has served as associate dean since 2017. She also contributes to the success of the University as chair of the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education, past member of the Faculty Senate, and multiple University-wide committees focused on student success, equity, and engagement.

Under Higgins’ leadership, Smeal has realized a significant increase in first-year undergraduate admission applications, narrower equity gaps in student persistence outcomes, and the launch of innovative programs, including the Smeal Ethical Leadership Challenge, aimed at enhancing the student experience.

— Andy Elder