School of Business | Faculty and Staff

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      Dr. P. Gerard Shaw

      Dr. Shaw, Dean of the School of Business, has been at Dean for 20 years and has spent his career working with higher education. Prior to earning a Ph.D. at Boston College, he earned an M.A. in theology, an M.S. in human resources, and a B.S. in accounting.  

      Gerry ShawDr. Shaw's career has included serving as a Vice President of Student Affairs, working as a consultant in the Higher Education Consulting practice at Coopers & Lybrand, and co-founding his own consulting practice. Believing that service to the community is vital, Dr. Shaw served on the Board of Directors for the Hockomock Area YMCA, served on the Development Committee at the Providence Country Day School, and taught CCD in his local parish. Dr. Shaw teaches a variety of courses in the School of Business and is the Director of the Dean Leadership Institute.

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      Dr. Pietro Savo, D.BA

      Dr. Pietro (Pete) Savo a United States Navy Veteran, has earned Doctorate, Business Administration (D.BA) from Jones International University, a Masters of Aeronautical Science in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and a BS in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. Dr. Savo holds the position as Coordinator, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Management at Dean.

      Dr. Pete has over 30 years’ experience in the areas of aerospace and department of defense operations which includes, security, safety, emergency planning, aviation security, industrial security, computer security, preventive risk intelligence, critical mishap response, and state/federal regulatory compliance. Dr. Pete has developed and deployed customized education curricula programs in facility security, cyber threat intelligence, cyber and physical security, Root Cause Analysis (RCA) – Comprehensive Operations Assessment, Leadership Development, Lean Manufacturing Implementation, and Workforce Development. Dr. Pete has developed and deployed the Comprehensive Assessment Process (CAP) for the United States Air Force Office of Small Business Programs. Pete Savo

      Dr. Pete coined the phrase “Education Is Power”; a published author who writes about Veteran Higher Education, Veteran Health, For-Profit and Non-Profit Higher Education, Public Verses Private Education, Career Planning and Job Creation, Internship and On-The-Job Training, Marketing to The US Government, Homeland Security, Cyber Security, and the US Manufacturing industry.  The U.S. manufacturing sector has undergone a massive change in the last several decades. How can we rejuvenate it? And how would career colleges education benefit from a manufacturing renaissance, just a few topics important to Dr. Pete! 

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      Alan Adams

      During more than 40 years in business, Alan Adams (Bryant College M.B.A., 1982) has held many positions in large- and medium-sized industries, including treasurer, controller, vice-president, chief financial officer, and owner/director.

      In 1988 he founded a biomedical manufacturing company in the MetroWest area, which experienced many years of rapid, sustained growth and above-industry-average profits through internal development and acquisitions. 

      Now in semi-retirement after selling his own company to a large acquisition group, Alan is turning his attention to many areas, including teaching at Dean College, writing, investing, music, consulting for startup entrepreneurs (including three technology ventures) and lecturing. He is also a former martial arts instructor and a notary public for the Commonwealth. 

      Recently Alan served on State Senator Bruce Tarr’s advisory committee sponsoring legislation for a major Massachusetts safety initiative, and remains an advocate for this effort.

      He is currently the president of his own consulting services company, and has served on the boards of directors/advisors of several Massachusetts companies.

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      Kimberly Barry

      Kim Barry earned her M.B.A at the University of Texas, Austin and worked at Motorola in Texas for over 15 years before coming to Dean College. 

      Kim BarryShe teaches Operations Management and Organizational Behavior for the School of Business and School of Continuing Studies.

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      Paul Cramer

      Paul earned his law degree at the Harvard Law School. He was trained at the Harvard Negotiation Project by Professor Roger Fisher. 

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      Gary Convertino

      Gary Convertino, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness & Chief Human Resources Officer

      Gary ConvertinoGary is a seasoned Human Resources Professional, Consultant, and Professor with over 20 years of successful experience in human resources management, strategy, business development, change management, administration and financial stewardship.


      Doctorate –Administration/Leadership
      Johnson & Wales University – Providence, RI

      Masters – Teaching
      Johnson & Wales University - Providence, R.I.

      Bachelors – Applied SocialSciences
      Binghamton University - Binghamton, N.Y.

      Associates - HospitalityManagement
      Cobleskill College - Cobleskill, N.Y.

      SHRM PHR Certification & SHRM-CP Re-certification (2008/2015)

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      Ken Corkran

      Ken is the Director of Law Enforcement Services and Risk Management and adjunct faculty for Dean College.

      Ken CorkranHe has served as a law enforcement administrator for twenty five years and as adjunct faculty at Dean for fifteen.  

      BS, MS Fitchburg State University

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      Brian Coughlin

      Professor Coughlin is currently an instructor at Dean College.He has experience in human resource management. 

      Brian has accumulated nearly three decades of expertise in human resource management and partnered with many business operations to help them control costs, and maximize resources and profits. With over twenty years' experience as an adjunct faculty member, he has developed and delivered well received courses in Human Resource Management, Principles of Management, Micro and Macro Economics classes.

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      Tracy DeForge

      A founder of The Players’ Impact, a venture platform for professional athletes, Tracy is focused on the growth of early stage companies, venture investment and pioneering business initiatives.

      An attorney by training, an entrepreneur in spirit, and an executive leader through her experience, her career has focused for more than a decade on start-up companies and sports/media technology offerings.Tracy’s background provides management expertise, startup business initiatives, legal affairs experience and managing operations.    Recently bringing a mobile SaaS company from concept to Series A funding, Tracy has been starting, growing, and selling companies for over 15 years. Her role as COO at Burst afforded her the opportunity to diversify her experience further.  Her positions at and Vision Sports & Entertainment saw her intimately involved in all aspects of entrepreneurship, from envisioning the concept, business planning, hiring, operations build out, fundraising, strategic partnerships, outsourcing, finances, marketing, and more.  After earning her J.D at Seton Hall University she worked for the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and was a partner in a venture investment firm focused on companies that intersected sports, technology and media/entertainment. Tracy started the Boston chapter of Women in Sports and Events, a not-for-profit representing the voice and invaluable resource for professional women in the business of sports and remains and advisor.  She is an adjunct professor at Dean College and serves as a board member of the New England Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance, is on the Leadership Committee for the American Heart Association, Athletics and an advisor for the MIT Launch program.  Tracy has 2 children,  is a 6-time marathon finisher and a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

      Education – J.D. Seton Hall Law School, B.A. Wagner College

      Expertise – Executive Management, Entrepreneurship, Venture Investment 

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      Edward J. Derba

      Edward earned a M.B.A. from Suffolk University. He also holds a number of certifications related to energy efficiency

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