Dr. DeWitt is a Professor of Management in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University in strategic management, her M.S. at The Ohio State University in agricultural economics and her B.S. in marketing and management at New York University.

Dr. DeWitt is an experienced business leader and manager, having been the Dean of the Grossman School of Business at UVM from 2002 until 2009, the Associate Dean for Professional Masters Programs in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, and a national parts sales manager for International Harvester and Case-IH. She is known for driving improvements in client relationship management, human resource management practice and applications of information technology.

Dr. DeWitt's current research focuses on anomalies in family business including intergenerational innovation in the face of leadership and ownership disruption and the critical role of non-family key persons. She is especially interested in the role of family businesses in the evolution of land-based, value-added industries, including REITs, paper-based packaging, branded produce, western wear, and golf courses. Prior to research on family businesses, she studied downsizing and restructuring. Her research has been published in top tier journals including Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management, Administrative Quarterly, Family Business Review and the Case Research Journal. 

She is known for teaching innovations and student and alumni engagement in case research. She has received numerous teaching awards including UVM's 2017 Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence and presented her teaching innovations at multiple national conferences. She is The University of Vermont's Faculty Academic Representative to the NCAA.

A FOBI Scholar, she is also a member of the STEP team at Icesi, Cali, Colombia, a member of Editorial Board of the Family Business Review, a member of the Editorial Board at The Academy of Management Learning & Education, and sits on the Greater Burlington Industrial Council. Dr. DeWitt has also been a member of the Board of Yankee Farm Credit, the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma and a member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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