Effective June 1, William “Bill” Brown has agreed to serve as Associate Dean for Finance, Operations, & Strategic Initiatives. With Brown's move, Janet S. Fink has agreed to serve as the next Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs.
Bill Brown is a clinical associate professor of accounting. Brown has served as Isenberg’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs since January 2018. Before that, he was Associate Chair of Isenberg’s Department of Accounting for seven years. As undergraduate dean, Brown reorganized the Undergraduate Programs Office and expanded advising resources to better serve students and departments. Working with the university to increase Isenberg undergraduate enrollments, he developed new operating and capital resources for the school. Brown spearheaded the launch of a minor in business, scheduled to debut this summer. As Associate Chair for the Department of Accounting, Brown coordinated its successful AACSB reaccreditation in 2015 and played a key role in the school’s subsequent reaccreditation initiatives. In a second role, as Master of Science in Accounting program director, he led a transformation of that program, taking it entirely online and launching a transition program to prepare professionals with nonaccounting degrees for their MSA studies. With those innovations, the MSA program’s revenues grew from $275,000 to over $3.5 million. Brown currently serves on the Massachusetts State Board of Public Accountancy-Educator Credential Subcommittee and on the Board of Directors for Pathlight, Inc. A proud alumnus, Brown earned both his PhD in Accounting and BBA degrees from Isenberg.
Janet S. Fink is a Berthiaume Endowed Professor and current Chair of the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management. Her research interests include the marketing of women’s sport and female athletes, sport consumer behavior, and diversity issues in sport. Fink has published in top sport management journals as well as outlets outside of sport, and her research has been cited in popular press outlets such as Elle Magazine, the Washington Post, ESPNW, Huffington Post Live, and the SportsBusiness Journal. In recognition of her academic endeavors, Fink is a past recipient of the University of Massachusetts Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity. She is also a North American Society of Sport Management (NASSM) Research Fellow and is a recipient of the Dr. Earle F. Zeigler Award, which is NASSM’s most prestigious honor, only awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the field in terms of scholarship, research, and leadership. She is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sport Management and a former President of NASSM.
Bradley Bennett, who has provided outstanding service as Associate Dean for Finance & Operations for the past two years, has decided to return to the faculty. He has overseen Isenerg's financial health, building operations (including the opening of the Business Innovation Hub and all the office moves it entailed), technology support services (always essential, but even more so these last several weeks), and metrics (key to the enablement of data-driven decisions). Bennett has led these areas with skill, a deep appreciation and care for staff, and good humor. An accomplished scholar, Bennett's near-term plans include a much deserved research sabbatical.
Steve McKelvey has been appointed Chair of Isenberg’s Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management. A professor of Sport Management, he has been his department’s Chair for External Relations since 2015 and its Graduate Program Director since 2009. In that role, he recruits and evaluates candidates and advises and mentors students. McKelvey joined Isenberg and McCormack in 2002.
McKelvey’s undergraduate teaching interests include sport law, sport retail promotion, and sport sales. In McCormack’smaster's degree program, he teaches sport law and sport promotion and sales. His wide-rangingresearchexploresintellectual property law, sport sponsorship, athletes’ publicity rights, and sport marketing, notably sport ambush marketing. In the professional arena, he worked in the sport marketing industry in New York City for 15 years, including six years at Major League Baseball. McKelvey has been a partner since 1995 with DiaMMond Management Group, a baseball representation firm.
A tireless advocate of mentorships for students, McKelvey has been hon.ored with UMass Amherst’s Graduate Mentorship Award. He also received a Lilly Fellowship from UMass as well as Isenberg’s Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Sport & Recreation Law Association’s Betty van der Smisson Leadership Award. He has also received the Sport Marketing Association’s William Sutton Award.
McKelvey earned a JD from Seton Hall Law School in 1992 and an MS degree in sport management from UMass Amherst in 1986. His BA degree, in American studies, is from Amherst College.