CAMDEN, NJ — Come March something will be true for Rutgers that has never been true before in the school’s 250+ year history: both of its business school deans will be women.

Rutgers-Camden announced Monday that Monica Adya, noted educator in the area of IT workforce issues, will be the first female to hold the post at the Rutgers-School of Business in Camden.

She will take on the role March 30.

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“Women today are demonstrating excellence in all walks of life,” Adya told TAPinto Camden. “They are making a difference for others through authentic and inclusive leadership. I see this as a great opportunity not only to mentor women to find their inspiration and transform others but to develop future citizens of the world who can be leaders in creating inclusive environments for all.”

Dean Lei Lei took over as the dean of the Newark and New Brunswick business schools in January 2015.

Adya, who currently chairs the Department of Management at Marquette University in Milwaukee, will step in to develop the academic and administrative operations of the Rutgers business school, which comprises 1,488 undergraduates and 451 graduate students.

Phoebe Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden, called Adya an exceptional administrator and scholar.

“I am confident that she will help to advance the Rutgers School of Business–Camden as a premier center for education and business development in our region and state,” she said. “Adya has an exceptional record of success in developing the type of programs that will expand opportunities for our students and for Rutgers to advance New Jersey’s business and economic growth.”

Adya’s research has been cited in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including "Decision Support Systems,” “Information Technology & People," "Information Systems Research," and "Human Resource Management.” She currently serves as associate editor of the "Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education" and the "Journal of Forecasting.”