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Sherman, Hugh


Office of the Dean
Copeland 614D


Dean Sherman launched his professional career with Swatch Watch (formerly SMH Corporation), a large Swiss watch and electronics manufacturer in 1974. He served as vice president of marketing until 1986 and during that time, was responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for a $50 million division as well as assisting the North American group president in developing strategic marketing and operational plans in the United States. During his time in the private sector, he also served as a consultant and founded International Footwear, operating eight factory outlet shoe stores throughout the U.S. East Coast.

Dr. Sherman holds a B.A. in economics and finance from Guelph University (Canada), an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in strategic management and international business from Temple University. His research interests include corporate governance, international business, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

After joining Ohio University’s faculty in 1995, (then assistant professor) Sherman served in various positions such as director of the full-time MBA, assistant dean of graduate programs, chair of the management department, associate director of the Voinovich School, assistant to the provost (for strategic planning), and associate dean of operations and strategy.  

Since 2007, Dr. Sherman has served as dean of Ohio University’s College of Business and also serves as the Corlett Chair of Strategy and Senior Economic Policy Fellow in the Voinovich School for Leadership & Public Affairs. As dean, Dr. Sherman provides strategic vision for and oversight of the college’s undergraduate and graduate academic operations, research, prospective student recruitment, alumni relations, fundraising, and industry relations.

In addition to serving as the 11th dean in the college’s history, Dr. Sherman volunteers his time with various community organizations throughout the State of Ohio. He currently serves on the review board for Jobs Ohio and board of directors for Tech Growth, Community Improvement Corporation, and the Ohio University Inn.