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In Memoriam: Corine Norgaard, Dean Emerita


Corine T. Norgaard,
dean emerita of the Barney School of Business, passed away on Corine NorgaardJune 4, 2011, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Norgaard served as dean of the Barney School from 1996 to 2004. Her years as dean were marked by many significant accomplishments, including gaining accreditation of the Barney School by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

"She provided extraordinary leadership to take the Barney School of Business to the next level of excellence, as recognized by our initial AACSB accreditation,” said Barney School Dean James Fairfield-Sonn. “She was also very charming, witty, engaging, and a lot of fun to be with.”

Under Norgaard’s leadership, the Barney School expanded its Entrepreneurial Studies program and developed “smart technology” classrooms. She began the “Lunch and Learn” lecture series, which brings prominent business executives to campus. She also led the charge to revamp courses and improve students’ experiences, including requiring all students to undertake internships, with the goal of ensuring that Barney School graduates are “career-ready.”

Most recently, Norgaard served as president and owner of Retirement Options, a company that trains and certifies retirement coaches who help people in planning for the non-financial aspects of retirement.

Norgaard, who held a PhD from the University of Texas-Austin, started her teaching career at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). From there she went on to teach at the University of Connecticut in Storrs and several other universities, including Yale. Following a distinguished teaching career and multiple publications, Norgaard became dean of the School of Management at Binghamton University in 1993, and in 1996, she became dean of the Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford. She served on numerous boards and was active in several professional associations and nonprofit organizations.

Memorial donations may be made to the Corine T. Norgaard Women in Business Lecture Series, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117,  attn. Toni; or to the Corine T. Norgaard Fund for Healthcare Excellence, Windham Hospital Foundation, 112 Mansfield Ave., Willimantic, CT 06226.

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