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NKU Welcomes Dr. Hassan HassabElnaby as Dean of the Haile/US Bank College of Business

Hassan HassabElnaby

May 8, 2019— Northern Kentucky University is pleased to announce Dr. Hassan R. HassabElnaby as the new dean of the Haile/US Bank College of Business. Dr. HassabElnaby will assume the position on July 15.

Dr. HassabElnaby comes to NKU from the University of Toledo’s College of Business and Innovation (COBI), where he serves as the associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research. During his 16 years tenure at the University of Toledo, Dr. HassabElnaby served as the interim dean, the chair of the Accounting Department, the director of the Master of Science in Accountancy and the director of the Ph.D. Program in Manufacturing and Technology Management.

“Hassan brings a wide breadth of business acumen to the role, and I’m very pleased he will lead the Haile/US Bank College of Business,” said Provost Sue Ott Rowlands. “There’s a lot of momentum right now in the college, and Hassan’s experience complements our vision for the future.”

Within the College of Business, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship was named one of the best in the world for student-led startups. The Center for Economic Education is working with schools to develop programs to meet Kentucky’s new financial literacy requirements for graduation. The Center for Economic Analysis and Development brings business leaders together for an industry exchange discussion.    

“The focus on innovation and experiential learning is just one of the things that drew me to this position. The Haile/US Bank College of Business has a lot of strengths, and I look forward to discovering more about its student-focused centers and growing online programs,” said Dr. HassabElnaby. 

An award-winning researcher, Dr. HassabElnaby, specializes in the areas of financial reporting and corporate governance. He has received many research awards such as the Outstanding Paper Award from Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2013, the Best Paper Award from the American Accounting Association - Ohio Region in 2009 and 2007, the COBI Outstanding Research Award in 2008 and the COBI Research Award in 2014. Dr. HassabElnaby has over 25 publications in leading accounting and business journals such as Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting, among several others.

Dr. HassabElnaby wrote and received many research grants from the United Arab Emirates University, the USAID and the University of Toledo. He also has been a financial consultant and serves on boards of several non-for-profit organizations.

Dr. HassabElnaby assumes the position from Johnna Reeder Kleymeyer, who has been serving as interim dean since January. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in accounting from Cairo University.

Dr. HassabElnaby’ wife, Dr. Amal Said, is an associate professor of accounting at the University of Toledo. The couple has three children. Ahmed is an emergency medicine resident physician at Michigan State University. Raghad is starting her PsyD program at William Patterson University in New Jersey. Yusuf, 16, will be joining a local Kentucky high school for his junior year.

About the Haile/US Bank College of Business: With more than 2,000 students, the Haile/US Bank College of Business’ goal is to educate and connect with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati business community by delivering globally relevant, innovative and sustainable programs and practices. The college offers 12 undergraduate degrees and three master’s level programs. For more information, visit its website

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