Department: Office of the Dean
Office: 210B Business Building
The John and Becky Surma Dean of the Penn State Smeal College of Business oversees all aspects of one of
the largest business schools in the nation. Smeal offers highly ranked programs to more than 5,000 students
at all levels; supports the research activities of faculty members in six academic departments; is home to a
network of leading research centers in business; and features an alumni network of more than 75,000 Smeal
graduates around the world.
Whiteman, who has more than 32 years of experience in higher education and business, assumed the leadership
position at Smeal in July 2012. Prior to joining Penn State, he was senior associate dean for the Tippie College
of Business at the University of Iowa, where he was responsible for undergraduate and graduate degree
programs; faculty and staff recruitment; promotion and tenure; budgetary operations; college facilities;
technology operations; and strategic planning for the business school.
During a career that began as an instructor at Iowa in 1980, Whiteman advanced through the faculty ranks to
become a chaired professor and served in a variety of administrative roles including chair of the Department
of Economics, director of the Institute for Economic Research, and interim dean.
Whiteman holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in economics from
the University of Kansas. He has conducted research that has been supported by a number of grants from
the National Science Foundation, published dozens of academic papers, written two books, and served
as associate editor of several economics journals. He has also advised the state of Iowa’s Department of
Management on economic issues and served as a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City,
Atlanta, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.