Dean of YSU’s businesses college announces her retirement | #retirement | #elderly | #seniors
A nationwide search for a replacement will begin soon.
YOUNGSTOWN — Betty Jo Licata is retiring after 26½ years as dean of Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration.
“Dr. Licata’s leadership of her college and across the campus and community has been nothing short of astounding,” Brien Smith, YSU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said in a news release. “Her accomplishments are many; her legacy will be widespread and long-standing.”
President Jim Tressel added: “Dr. Licata elevated the Williamson College to new heights, recruiting talented faculty, establishing strong partnerships and producing graduates who have gone on to leadership positions across the business spectrum. She will be missed; we thank her and wish her well in retirement.”
Licata will retire Dec. 31. Smith said a nationwide search for a replacement will begin soon.
“It has been a privilege to serve YSU and the Williamson College of Business Administration,” Licata said Wednesday in a letter to Smith and Tressel. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many dedicated professionals. Of course, it is working with our students that brings the greatest joy, and I will truly miss watching them grow and succeed.”
After earning a doctorate in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Licata was associate dean and director of Graduate Programs at Ohio University and then dean of the Dahlkemper School of Business Administration at Gannon University before coming to YSU in 1995.
Under Licata’s leadership, the Williamson College of Business Administration established the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, the Entrepreneurship Center, Center for Career Management, Student Services Center, Business Leaders Program and Student Leadership Council.