The University of Arizona has appointed Martha S. Van Gelder as the new director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing and the PetSmart Professor of Practice, an endowed chair in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
The Norton School is part of the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Van Gelder brings to the UA more than 20 years of high-level leadership in business growth and development for several companies with a global reach.
Terry Lundgren, CEO at Macy's, Inc. and an alumnus and major supporter of the UA, welcomed Van Gelder's appointment to lead the center.
"With her strong experience in business analysis and strategic planning, Ms. Van Gelder has the potential to be an excellent collaborator with all of our constituents, including students, professors, staff and sponsors, and an important voice in the future of the Lundgren Center."
Soyeon Shim, director of the Norton School, said, "The Terry J. Lundgren Center is well poised to advance to a global level, and Martha brings a tremendous amount of global experiences and strategic capabilities to meet our new challenges."
Shim formed a search committee in July to identify candidates nationally to fill the position previously held by Melinda Burke. Burke left the Lundgren Center after 18 years to become executive director of the UA Alumni Association. Van Gelder met with the Lundgren Center's Executive Corporate Board in October.
"She was highly recommended by the board based largely on her extensive experience in global business, marketing and distribution and her proven track record of working with the often disparate worlds of non-profits, the private sector and academia," said Neil Stacey, a search committee member and the senior vice president at PetSmart, Inc.
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