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Dr. Michael Deis -- an Award-Winning Professor – Retires from Clayton State

Dr. Michael Deis -- an Award-Winning Professor – Retires from Clayton State

May 22 2015

Dr. Michael H. Deis, professor of Management and chair of Accreditation in the College of Business, has retired after more than 20 years of full-time experience with Clayton State University.

In addition to his current positions in the College of Business, Deis was the first director of the MBA program at Clayton State and served as Interim Dean of the College of Business for more than a year-and-a-half. He is equipped with a Ed.D., MBA, and BSIM degrees, along with more than 35 years of academic and management experience.

He has also received many awards, notably the 2005-2006 University System of Georgia Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award for Regional and State Universities, the highest award that the University System bestows on one faculty member from a regional and state university each year, and the 2003 Alice Smith Faculty Award, the highest award that Clayton State University annually gives to one of its faculty members.

In addition, Deis was also nominated for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for the Outstanding Baccalaureate Colleges 2006 U.S. Professor of the Year award. All these accomplishments come on top of being named the College of Business’ Professor of the Year three times and authoring more than 45 journal publications.

While his main expertise lies with performance and quality management, statistics, and management areas, his heart certainly goes out to his students. He still corresponds with many of them, and whether acting as mentor or helping to celebrate their weddings, Deis cares for his students on an individual basis.

Ernest Coward, a two-time graduate of Clayton State and current Adjunct Professor of Management at Clayton State, says of Dr. Deis, “within two to three weeks he knew each student by name and a little bit about each one. He was a teacher that each student loved and respected.

“If there was a College Professor’s Hall of Fame, Dr. Michael Deis would be my candidate,” Coward says.

Deis plans for the future include caring for his 108 year-old mother-in-law, visiting grandchildren, and spending as much time as possible in Naples, Fla. He also plans on giving his computer a rest and, “driving his wife crazy,” if other hobbies do not suffice.

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