Ames, Iowa — Valentina Salotti, associate professor of finance, has been selected to serve as the new associate dean for the Ivy College of Business undergraduate programs, effective immediately.
In her new role, Salotti will coordinate efforts in faculty-led study abroad opportunities and exchanges with universities abroad. She will also lead three units in the college, including undergraduate programs, career services, and the communication center.
“They are, in many ways, excelling in their respective functions,” she said. “I am looking forward to providing them with all the support they need to continue to serve our undergraduate students.”
Her motivation to apply for this position came as a result of her deep commitment to education at all levels, Salotti said.
“As a first-generation college student, I would have benefited greatly from the types of programs for which this position will be responsible. These programs make the complexities of both academic and professional work accessible to the uninitiated and help those with a solid foundation thrive in our college and out in industry.”
As a faculty member at the Ivy College of Business for over a decade, Salotti said she has witnessed the college’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.
Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding said, “Valentina has been a tremendous asset to the college. She has been a role model for young women in business and has been a positive leader as our college equity advisor. In that role, she advises the dean’s office on strategies and best practices to recruit and retain diverse faculty. I look forward to working with Valentina in her new role.”
“I believe in the college’s continued commitment to offering transformative educational opportunities and developing global citizens,” she said. “I do not keep my pride for the Ivy College a secret. My vision for this position is not just about the careful management of what is already working well. It must also be about improvement and adaptation. We will surely have much change ahead of us and one key component is the makeup of our enrollment. While it is exciting to see many fast-growing majors, industry is demanding more gender, racial, and ethnic diversity in the students we graduate. I look forward to working towards improving our enrollment and retention rates especially across these underrepresented groups.”
Salotti replaces Jackie Rees Ulmer, the Undergraduate Programs and Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems, who assumes the role of associate dean for professional masters programs.
About Valentina Salotti
- PhD, banking and finance, University of Bologna, Italy, 2009
- MA, banking and finance, University of Bologna, Italy, 2005
- BA, economics, University of Bologna, Italy, 2003
Salotti’s research has been published in high-quality finance journals such as the Journal of Corporate Finance, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Journal of Financial Research. Her research interests are in the areas on relationship banking, banking regulation, mergers and acquisitions, financial crisis bailout programs, bank performance, and default risk.
About the Ivy College of Business
At the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business, we offer a wide variety of programs to maximize student potential, connect students with professionals through case competitions, interactive learning, study abroad, internships, and ultimately successful employment. We continuously add valuable programs that benefit students and their future employers, including an undergraduate major in actuarial science, a master of real estate development, and an executive MBA — all beginning in fall 2019. Our part-time MBA program was voted the 2018 Best MBA Program in Des Moines by Business Record readers. We’re proud to offer the highest ranked full-time MBA program in Iowa.
We are in the top 2 percent of business schools in the world to be accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).