Griswold Named Dean of John E. Simon School of Business


[St. Louis, Mo.]—Melissa Griswold, PhD, has been named dean of Maryville University’s John E. Simon School of Business. Griswold, who currently serves as director of the financial services program and associate professor of finance, is an experienced and innovative leader in higher education.

Griswold steps into her new leadership role on June 1, following the retirement of John Lewington, PhD, interim dean.

“We are delighted to have a person as experienced and talented as Melissa on our faculty and now as our new dean,” says Mary Ellen Finch, PhD, vice president for Academic Affairs. “She is committed to Maryville’ s focus on innovation and academic rigor as we move into our new strategic plan.”

Griswold joined Maryville in 2012 and was tasked with launching the financial services major, a program unique to the St. Louis region. The successful program was designed in response to local financial services providers actively seeking graduates with a strong blend of financial services and marketing skills.

“The John E. Simon School of Business has enormous potential for growth, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” Griswold said. “I’m committed to augmenting our existing programs with new and dynamic areas of study to help meet the career aspirations of our students and the current and future needs of their employers.”

Prior to joining Maryville, Griswold spent 14 years at Quincy University in Quincy, Ill., where she served as associate professor of finance and as the dean of the School of Business for five years. Griswold also served as a community college dean and administrator for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.

Griswold earned her doctorate in finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her MBA and bachelor’s degree in business finance from Western Illinois University. 

The John E. Simon School of Business has a long history of excellence in education. Through high quality academics and real-world experiences both in and out of the classroom, graduates become dynamic leaders, executives, managers and entrepreneurs.


About Maryville University
Maryville University is a selective, comprehensive, and nationally ranked private institution with an enrollment of nearly 6,000 students. Maryville offers more than 75 degrees at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to students from 50 states and 30 countries. Consistently ranked as a top private school by Forbes and Kiplinger’s, in 2012 and 2013, Maryville was named the No. 1 Overperforming University in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Maryville’s athletics teams compete at the Division II level in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Founded in 1872, the University is ideally situated on 130 picturesque acres in West St. Louis County, Missouri.