Dow Chemical Company Centennial Chair in Global Business
George M. Puia is the Dow Chemical Company Centennial Chair in Global Business at Saginaw Valley State University. He also directs the school’s Global Business Initiative—a program to internationalize students and businesses. Prior to his appointment to the Dow Chair, Puia was a member of the graduate faculty at Indiana State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Kansas with concentrations in international business and research methods. Before working at Indiana State, Dr. Puia served as a professor in the University of Tampa (UT) MBA program and as director of the UT Small Business Institute.
Dr. Puia has served in a variety of marketing management and general management roles. For nine years, he was an executive with Barber-Colman Company, a manufacturer serving the worldwide construction industry. As part of his Barber-Colman experience, Professor Puia served two years as President and General Manager of Barber-Colman Saudi Arabia, living in Jeddah for that period. Following his experience with Barber-Colman, Professor Puia served as a senior executive with a communications company in Chicago involved in television production, broadcasting and syndication, and publishing.