ATLANTA – Likoebe Maruping has been named the new director of the Ph.D. Program at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He will step into the role effective August 1. The position was previously held by Vincent Yao who returns to his full-time faculty duties as the Association for Real Estate Alumni (AREA) Professor and the director of the Real Estate Center in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
Maruping is a professor of Computer Information Systems (CIS) and a member of the Center for Digital Innovation in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He has served as the CIS Department Ph.D. program coordinator as well as an advisor and mentor to numerous doctoral students in the college. He is currently a senior editor for MIS Quarterly and was previously an associate editor for Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly as well as a senior editor for the Journal of the Association of Information Systems. He is the recipient of numerous editorial awards.
“Likoebe is an outstanding, productive scholar,” said Todd Maurer, associate dean for faculty and research. “We look forward to working with Likoebe as he engages his passion for research and doctoral program excellence.”
“I am grateful to Dean Phillips for entrusting me with this important work,” said Maruping. “I am a strong believer in doctoral education and look forward to building on the excellent foundation that Vincent has laid to make Robinson a destination of choice for students who aspire to conduct rigorous and meaningful research.”
Maruping assumes his director responsibilities at a critical time for Robinson’s Ph.D. Program as the college has begun executing on its new strategic plan, Accelerate 2025. The new plan calls for Robinson to implement solutions to the lack of faculty and doctoral student diversity in U.S. business schools taking advantage of Robinson’s research productivity that places the college among the top 50 business schools in the United States, its location at the center of Atlanta, and the student success systems that have propelled Georgia State University to be regarded as one of the most innovative universities in the United States. Dr. Maruping will serve as a strategic leader working in consultation and cooperation with others to review and improve the overall structure, function, and performance of the Ph.D. program within Robinson. He will work to enhance recruiting efforts of high-quality Ph.D. students from all backgrounds and ensure an appropriate and innovative curriculum.
Maruping holds several degrees from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland: a B.S. in International Business, a B.S. in Information Systems, and a doctoral degree. He previously taught at the University of Arkansas and the University of Louisville.