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Durham business school in the UK has promoted finance and accounting professor Rob Dixon to the position of dean to replace Tony Antoniou who resigned in September 2007.

Following an international search the university has appointed not only a local man - Prof Dixon was was brought up in the North East of England, in Newcastle upon Tyne - but the business school’s existing deputy dean.

The appointment brings to end six-months of turmoil at the school following revelations that the former dean, Prof Antoniou, had plagiarised several articles, including his doctoral thesis. He was stripped of his DPhil degree last November by the University of York and fired by Durham business school in February this year.

Prof Dixon, 53, says he views the appointment as an “exciting and challenging opportunity.”


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