UNH Paul College Dean Lucy Gilson

Dean Lucy L. Gilson

Lucy Gilson is dean of the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. She joined UNH Paul in August of 2022. 

Gilson comes to UNH from the University of Connecticut School of Business, where she served as Associate Dean for Faculty & Outreach, Faculty Director for the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference, and faculty advisor for Women in Business. She also is a visiting Scholar at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon), and Senior Associate Editor of Group and Organization Management.  

Gilson is a skilled administrator. As the management department head she redesigned the undergraduate major to increase enrollment, retention, and placement success; created interdisciplinary minors. As associate dean she worked with the dean’s advisory council to enhance the impact of faculty scholarship to the business community; and restructured the dean’s office to align communications, IT, alumni, and external relations. Gilson also was responsible for overseeing the school’s faculty and research portfolio, as well as the staff and associated budgets for communications, alumni relations, external relations, global programming, IT, and the doctoral program. She founded the Women’s MBA Association in 2007 and established a Women in Business Fund in 2020 to improve the diversity and experience of women, raising over to $500,000 from more than 100 donors in one year. 

Gilson is a world-renowned researcher on virtual teams and team effectiveness and in 2019 was named by the Web of Science as one of the world’s most highly cited researchers. Her work examines teams in different organizational settings performing a diverse range of jobs. Specifically, she studies how creativity, employee empowerment, diversity, fairness issues, leadership, and virtual communication influence team effectiveness. Her research has been published in many of the top management and psychology journals; Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research. In addition, Dean Gilson has provided consulting expertise to many multinational companies, state, and national agencies in the areas of leadership, virtual teams, managing change, and leading for creativity. She has given several invited keynote presentations on ‘Women and Leadership’ and ‘Leading for Creativity and Change.’ 

Gilson earned her Ph.D. and MSM from Georgia Institute of Technology and her B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.  

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