Comprised of business and community leaders from many different locations, the Dean's Council provides strategic guidance to the dean as the School of Management seeks to align its programs to the needs of the business community.
Dean's Advisory Council members represent a variety of industries and companies ranging from startups to established, multinational firms.
Current Council members are as follows:
Kaylene Green, '87
President and CEO
Flagship Government Relations
In early 2009, Ms. Green led the formation of Flagship Government Relations, Inc., an organization focusing on government relations to provide legislative strategy, federal budget insights, and strategic marketing analysis. As President and CEO, Ms. Green is responsible for the company's development by managing high-level client relationships and interfacing with government officials.
Ms. Green serves as the chair of the Dean's Council. In addition, she is an alumna of George Mason University having earned her BS in Accounting and Legal Studies. Along with her husband, Ms. Green is a member of the Alumni Steering Committee and a founding investor in the School of Management's Dean's Investment Fund. The pair dedicates much of their time and effort driving various initiatives at the University. This dedication was duly recognized in 2011 when the two were honored with the Alumni Service Award.
Anne Altman, '82
General Manager, US Federal Government and Industries
Ms. Altman is General Manager of IBM Corporation's U.S Federal Government and Industries sector. In this role, Ms. Altman is responsible for the strategy, direction, development of solutions, and sales for driving IBM's multi-billion business with Federal Government Clients in the United States. Known as a transformational leader, she has often been tapped to address complex business challenges within IBM and on behalf of clients. Most notably, she helped establish IBM's footprint as a major force in the U.S. Federal market; and led the company's server hardware business during the most important product launch in the history of the mainframe business – the System z mainframe.
Ms. Altman is a recipient of the prestigious Eagle Award, one of the highest honors issued to technology partners serving the Federal market. In addition, her outstanding contributions to the information technology industry and its clients include: Federal Computer Week's Top Federal 100, Washingtonian Magazine Top Tech Titans, Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women, the AFFIRM Leadership Award for Industry, and the CIO Council's Azimuth Award for the Industry Executive of the Year.
Her professional success and tireless support of her alma mater were recognized in 2011 when she was honored as Mason's School of Management Alumna of the Year. Ms. Altman earned her BS in Marketing from George Mason University.
Chief Operating Officer
Digital Management, Inc.
Since 1971, Mr. Bajaj has distinguished himself as a successful entrepreneur in the IT services industry. He was a senior executive at EDS and Perot Systems. His resume includes building INET; founding Internet services company AppNet: NASD: APNT as well as DigitalNet: NASD: DNET, a secure network provider. At AppNet, he made 10 acquisitions in the company's first year and was able to take the company public a mere 18 months after opening its doors. Mr. Bajaj eventually sold all of his ventures.
Today, he works as the Chief Operating Officer of Digital Management, Inc. (DMI), a mobile computing and IT services firm headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mr. Bajaj earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Systems Science from Michigan State University.
William Curry, '83 '12
President and CEO
Legatus Solutions Corporation
Mr. Curry serves as chief executive for Legatus Solutions Corporation, which he founded in 2012. Legatus Solutions leads development, integration, and implementation efforts in a number of functional and industry domains by focusing on information systems proposals and solutions that strengthen the business processes of its clients.
Mr. Curry "retired" as Vice President from CACI International in March 2012 to form Legatus Solutions. Over 28 years with the organization, Mr. Curry ran several divisions at CACI ranging from eGovernment/Logistics, eCommerce, and international financial services. Over the most recent decade, he led profit centers relating to transportation—including Federal, State, and Industry solutions—applying his expertise as a solution architect and manager. Previously, he held positions as Information Technology manager and engineer on several federal projects.
Mr. Curry earned his BS in Decision Sciences and his MS in Technology Management at George Mason University.
Mary Davis Holt
Flynn Heath Holt Leadership
Ms. Holt is an executive coach and expert on business, women, and leadership. She has held executive positions at Time Warner, including her time as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Time Life. In addition, she spent time managing the worldwide distribution of all Time Inc. magazines including Time, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated.
Ms. Holt is now a partner at Flynn Heath Holt Leadership, whose mission is to help women and organizations move forward, faster. The firm has coached and trained over 5,000 women, conducted over 1,700 interviews with Fortune 1000 executives, and produced a New York Times Bestseller entitled Break Your Own Rules: How to Change the Patterns of Thinking that Block Women's Paths to Power.
Ms. Holt received her BA from Salem College and her MBA from New York University.
Martin A. Dunphy, '90 '91
Founder and CEO
Marlin Financial Group
Mr. Dunphy is an entrepreneur and Founder of Marlin Financial Group. He also co-founded its main investment companies, Marlin Capital Europe and Marlin Financial Services in 2002 and 2004 and Marlin Legal Services in 2007. In 2012, the group was again recognized among the 100 fastest growing companies in the UK. He has taken on senior management positions and founded businesses in the United States, Asia and Europe, including in the financial services, telecommunications and insurance industries, and has headed start-up operations in China, Taiwan, and the UK.
In addition, Mr. Dunphy has founded and/or participates in and supports many external philanthropic and business-related organizations, including: the Irish-Chinese Business Network in Beijing, the UK Parliamentary Institute of Directors (IOD) China Interest Group, the Bank of England (UK Central Bank) IOD Working Panel in the UK, The Kham Aid Foundation in Tibet, and The Blind Children's Charity in the UK, amongst others.
At George Mason, Mr. Dunphy was a four year scholar athlete and served as Captain of the men's soccer team. In 2006, he was inducted into the GMU Soccer Hall of Fame. Mr. Dunphy holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA from George Mason University.
John J. Feeney, '92
Senior Vice President
Booz Allen Hamilton
With two decades of experience in the field of cyber technologies, Mr. Feeney leads Booz Allen Hamilton's cyber efforts across the firm's civil government market. He also leads the firm's business in the Departments of Agriculture and Labor, and the National Science Foundation. Since joining the firm in 1995, Mr. Feeney has contributed to Booz Allen engagements his expertise in strategic network planning and design, data communications implementation, and evaluation of both hard and network service offerings.
Mr. Feeney has led teams that integrate traditional data center technologies with current cloud based offerings for the federal government. In addition, his engagements at the firm have included managing a 5-year LAN program to upgrade and transform the enterprise communications environment for a 16,000-person federal organization with 32 locations.
Mr. Feeney holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and an MBA from George Mason University.
James C. Fontana
Co-Founder and Principal
Dempsey Fontana, PLLC
Mr. Fontana is the co-founder and managing partner of Dempsey Fontana, PLLC. With nearly 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, Mr. Fontana is able to provide high quality legal services to companies who contract with US federal, state, and local government agencies as well as foreign government agencies. He also has experience executing mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors.
In addition to his role at Dempsey Fontana, Mr. Fontana is a former adjunct professor of law at George Mason University and an adjunct professor in the University's MBA program.
Mr. Fontana earned his BS in Economics from American University and his JD from the James E. Beasley School of Law at Temple University.
R. Jerry Grossman
Managing Director, Aerospace, Defense, & Government Group
Mr. Grossman is a Managing Director in Houlihan Lokey's Washington, DC office. As Managing Director, he co-heads the Aerospace, Defense, and Government Group and its Government IT and Technical Services (GTS) segment. The firm's GTS clients include companies that provide IT, engineering, software, research and development, logistics, operations and maintenance, and other outsourced services.
Mr. Grossman advises GTS clients on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and shareholder liquidity alternatives, and how to source capital. He is a regular contributor on mergers and acquisitions market topics to Washington Technology, a national magazine for government contractors, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Mr. Grossman earned a BS in Industrial Management from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Loyola College of Maryland.
W. Craig Havenner
The Christopher Companies
With past leadership roles as President of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, and as a member of the National Association of Home Builders Board of Directors, along with his current service on the Executive Committee of the Homebuilders Association of Virginia and as the Legislative Chair of that organization, Mr. Havenner has asserted himself as a leader in the construction industry.
The Christopher Companies develops communities and constructs all types of residential housing as well as light commercial projects for their own account as well as private and institutional investors. The company is currently active in markets in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. In his role, Mr. Havenner is responsible for land planning, development, product design, construction, and customer service. In addition, he has been active in numerous volunteer civic activities and currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the City of Fairfax Economic Development Authority.
Mr. Havenner is a graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Construction Management.
LCH Consulting Services
Bringing 25 years of hands-on leadership experience and established success in leading large IT organizations to consistently positive results to the table, Ms. Heizer's firsthand experience employing best practices makes her stand out as a consulting professional. As President of LCH Consulting, Ms. Heizer strives to bring thought leadership to her clients' complex challenges to produce measureable and sustainable results.
Outside of LCH, Ms. Heizer is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and sits on The Women's Center Board of Directors.
Ms. Heizer earned her BS in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology, a MS in Computer Science from George Washington University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chairman and CEO
FI Investment Group, LLC
Following several years in technical and program management positions with several federal government contractors, Mr. Islam set out on an entrepreneurial path with the founding of QSS Group, Inc., a government contracting firm providing engineering and information technology services. During his time at QSS, Mr. Islam was instrumental in the company's successes earning him recognition as Ernst & Young's Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999 and the Small Business Administration's Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 2001.
In 2007, after the sale of QSS Group, Mr. Islam founded FI Investment Group (FIIG), a private investment holding company focused on providing strategic capital and management support to emerging businesses. As Chief Executive at FIIG, Mr. Islam is responsible for the company's value creation by guiding its investment initiatives and activities, developing a multi-pronged strategy for investment, and advising portfolio companies on strategic and operational matters.
Mr. Islam holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Ambassador Allen F. Johnson, '83
President and CEO
Allen F. Johnson & Associates
From April 2001 until September of 2005, Mr. Johnson served as Ambassador and Chief Agriculture Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) entity of the Executive Office of the President. He worked as a key architect in advancing the most active trade agenda in US history. In addition, he was trusted with various global responsibilities by handling the most complex, sensitive, and essential trade policy issues.
In 2005, Mr. Johnson founded Allen F. Johnson and Associates (AFJ) and currently serves as President and CEO. AFJ provides policy consulting, business consulting, and commercial services for clients and partners in the US and internationally. In addition, AFJ seeks to promote international trade, build alliances, and find solutions that create opportunities for clients in international commerce.
Mr. Johnson earned a BS in Business Administration from George Mason University and an MBA and MS in Food Research from Stanford University.
Jeffery Johnson, '75
Chairman and CEO (Retired)
Johnson & Strachan Insurance
Mr. Johnson is the retired chairman and CEO of Johnson & Strachan, Inc., a full service locally owned and operated independent insurance agency. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Millennium Bankshares Corporation and Millennium Bank, N.A. In addition, he volunteers with Five Talents International, a micro-finance organization that fights poverty and creates jobs for the poor in developing countries.
Alongside his work in the insurance industry, Mr. Johnson is actively involved in his alma mater. Not only is he a member of the Dean's Council, but he is a Trustee with the George Mason University Foundation, a past President of the Alumni Association, and sponsors the School of Management's Distinguished Speaker Series. In 2009 he was honored with the Alumni Service Award for his many contributions to the University.
Mr. Johnson holds a BS in Business Administration from George Mason University.
Vincent D. Kelly, '83
President and CEO
USA Mobility, Inc.
Mr. Kelly became a director, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in November 2004 when USA Mobility was formed through the merger of Metrocall, Inc. and Arch Wireless, Inc. Prior to the merger, Mr. Kelly was President and CEO of Metrocall since February 2003. Prior to this appointment, he had also served at various times as the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Executive Vice President of Metrocall since joining the company in 1987. He served as the Treasurer of Metrocall from August 1995 to February 2003, and served as a director of Metrocall from 1990 to 1996 and from May 2003 to November 2004. Mr. Kelly also serves as the President, CEO and director for all of USA Mobility's subsidiaries, except for GTES, LLC, an indirect wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, for which he is a director.
Mr. Kelly currently serves on the Board or Directors and is a member of the audit committee of Tellabs, Inc. Mr. Kelly has been involved with the wireless and telecommunications industry for over 25 years with extensive experience in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory, and financial matters.
Mr. Kelly holds a BS in Accounting from George Mason University.
Managing Partner, Mid-Atlantic Practice
Grant Thornton, LLP
Mr. LaFleur is responsible for Grant Thornton's Mid-Atlantic Practice, which serves commercial organizations in a variety of industries. He also provides client service to publicly held and private companies in the region.
In his role as Managing Partner, Mr. LaFleur leads and manages a staff of more than 200 professionals who render valued-added audit, tax, and consulting services. As a Client Service Partner, Mr. LaFleur assists clients with capital markets activity, including initial and secondary public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. LaFleur received his BS from Miami University in Ohio.
Gary Loveland, '84
Mr. Loveland is a principal in PricewaterhouseCooper's advisory practice with over 22 years of information systems management and implementation experience. In his role, Mr. Loveland is responsible for the firm's global security practice. To drive PwC's success, he is focused on the critical issues of IT security and risk management and was a key architect of the firm's methodology for developing and managing strategic information security plans.
Over the years, Mr. Loveland has provided clients with security assessments, automated security compliance, patch management, and security awareness training. In addition, he has worked extensively with key vendors in the security industry to deploy security solutions to solve business needs.
He holds a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University and a MA in Information Technology Management from John Hopkins University.
John Niehoff, '84
As a partner at the national accounting firm Baker Tilly (formerly Beers + Cutler), Mr. Niehoff works with commercial businesses and leads the law and professional service firms practice, which provides audit, tax, and general business advisory services to closely-held businesses.
Mr. Niehoff has been honored with the GMU Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni Award and was recognized most recently with the Alumni Service Award for his extensive involvement at the University. Not only is he a member of the School of Management Dean's Council, Mr. Niehoff serves on the George Mason Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Patriot Club. In addition, he actively recruits Mason graduates for his firm and is instrumental in the effort to support Mason's accounting majors through the James R. Beers Accounting Scholarship Endowment, which recognizes Mason's top performing accounting students each year.
Mr. Niehoff earned his BS in Accounting from George Mason University, was a member of the men's basketball team, and was honored in 2008 by the CAA as George Mason's Men's basketball legend honoree.
Jerry T. Pierce, '92
Partner, Tax Services
Mr. Pierce is a Senior Tax Partner at KPMG, LLP and has over 30 years of experience with Big Four public accounting. After beginning his career in auditing, he moved to tax and currently specializes in corporate taxation and accounting for income taxes (ASC 740, FAS 109). Mr. Pierce gained his tax experience by serving large Fortune 500 companies, middle market, and start-up organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Mr. Pierce serves as the lead tax engagement partner for his clients, advising them regarding tax planning strategies, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations. In recognition of his professional accomplishments, the School of Management honored Mr. Pierce with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. In addition, he has most recently been named to the list of Smart CPAs by the SmartCFO Magazine.
Mr. Pierce earned his BS in Accounting from James Madison University and his MBA from George Mason University.
Joseph D. Ragan III, '91
Chief Financial Officer
Throughout his career Mr. Ragan has held numerous leadership positions to mark him as a dynamic Chief Financial Officer. For example, he has served as Chief Financial Officer for GTSI Corporation, a leading technology solutions provider for the public sector and spent time as Chief Financial Officer of US Operations at Winstar Communications, an international telecommunications company.
Currently, Mr. Ragan serves as Chief Financial Officer at Boart Longyear. In his role, Mr. Ragan is a member of Boart Longyear's Executive Leadership Team, making him and his colleagues responsible for navigating the company's continuous growth and development of global integrated drilling products and services for the minerals industry.
Mr. Ragan received his BS in Accounting from the University of the State of New York and his MS in Accounting from George Mason University.
Harold C. Rauner, '81 '86
President and CEO
The Business Bank
Mr. Rauner has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of United Financial Banking Companies, Inc., since 1995. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of The Business Bank and Business Venture Capital, which are the main operating subsidiaries of United. In addition, Mr. Rauner is a Director of The Bank Insurance Agency. Mr. Rauner also serves on the board of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce as well as the Board of Directors of The Potomac Conservancy.
In 2010, Mr. Rauner was selected as both the featured speaker and recipient of the School of Management's Distinguished Alumni Award as a result of his successful professional endeavors and ongoing dedication to the success of the School of Management.
Mr. Rauner received both his BS in Finance and Real Estate and MBA from George Mason University.
Patricia Roberts, '77
General Star Management
Genesis Management & Insurance Services
Ms. Roberts joined General Reinsurance in 1977 and transferred to its subsidiary, General Star Management, a year later. In 2001, Ms. Roberts was named President and CEO of General Star's excess and surplus line operations. Three years later, in addition to her role at General Star Management, she became President and CEO of Genesis Management and Insurance Services. Under her leadership, both companies strengthened branding initiatives, built client relationships, improved operational excellence, and developed an outstanding network of team members.
In May 2012, having recently retired from her positions at General Star and Genesis, Ms. Roberts was honored with the Vincent Donahue Lifetime Achievement Award. Considered to be the highest individual award of the American Association of Managing General Agents, Ms. Roberts was chosen in recognition of her ability to lead her peers on the path to finding solutions to issues facing the excess and surplus marketplace.
Ms. Roberts is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned her BS in Business Administration.
Managing Director, Global Head of Human Resources
The Carlyle Group
Ms. Sabet is Managing Director and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm based in Washington, DC. In this position she is responsible for developing and executing the firm's global human resources strategy. Under Ms. Sabet's leadership, Carlyle's Global Human Resources team is responsible for providing strategic and innovative guidance in the areas of learning and performance, compensation incentives, leadership and succession planning, diversity and inclusiveness, recruitment strategies, employee engagement, and organizational development.
Ms. Sabet is actively involved in several human resources organizations and roundtables. Specifically, she is a member of the governing body for the Washington, DC Human Resources Leadership Summit. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and panelist on global human resource-related topics.
Ms. Sabet earned a BA in Public Administration and Human Resources Management from St. Cloud State University and a MS in Human Resource Management from Marymount University.
Frank Strickland, '05
Strickland | Whitlock | Associates
Mr. Strickland has led at the senior executive level in both public and private sectors. After 22 years of public sector service, he co-founded Edge Consulting, a firm that pioneered the use of operations research methods and information technology to quantify the value of intelligence. Edge's consulting method provided quantitative assessments to some of the nation's most senior national security decision makers during intense periods of warfare. Through a two-step acquisition process, Edge Consulting became part of IBM. As an IBM partner, Mr. Strickland led IBM's practice that provided analytic services and solutions to the intelligence community. Mr. Strickland and his business partner, Chris Whitlock, also a Mason alum, have begun Strickland | Whitlock | Associates.
Mr. Strickland is an adjunct member of the Center for Creative Leadership's faculty and also teaches courses in Mason's Technology Management and Cyber graduate programs. He holds a BA in Management from National Louis University, a MS in Technology Management from George Mason University, and has begun his doctoral studies at George Washington University.
Rhonda Vetere, '93
Senior Vice President, Global Technology Infrastructure
American International Group
As an accomplished global IT executive, Ms. Vetere specializes in directing worldwide information technology operations ranging from product development, engineering, architecture and support to organizational global restructuring efforts. She is known for bringing consistent global success in the telecommunication, insurance services and financial industries. She is a change agent who brings innovative strategies to overhaul and streamline operations while integrating solutions to bolster efficiency on a global level.
Throughout her career, Ms. Vetere has spearheaded 13 successful global mergers. Her ability to consistently deliver resulted in six global Industry nominations for implementations of global data centers. Today, Ms. Vetere is the Senior Vice President of the American International Group's Global Infrastructure Services.
Ms. Vetere holds a BA in Communications, Business, and Spanish from George Mason University.
William L. Walsh, Jr., Esq.
At Venable LLP, Mr. Walsh concentrates on representing federal sector companies on issues including dispute resolution and bid protests before the US Government Accountability Office, Federal Board of Contract Appeals, and executive agencies on contract administration matters, contract claims, contract terminations, teaming agreements, contractor qualification issues, organizational conflict of interest concerns, and small business matters.
Mr. Walsh often serves as lead counsel on numerous significant protest matters involving, collectively, several billion dollars in contract value. He has also managed several substantial prime-subcontractor disputes as well as a number of suspension/debarment matters and related civil false claims matters.
Mr. Walsh holds a BS from Boston College and a JD from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America.
Teresa A. Weipert
Senior Vice President, Head of Government Practice
Sutherland Global Services
As Senior Vice President at Sutherland Global Services, Ms. Weipert leads the company's government outsourcing and analytics practice. She is responsible for meeting expectations of the company's government clients by providing them with an integrated business process outsourcing solution utilizing technology-enabled services to merge strategic back and front-office business functions.
Prior to Sutherland Global Services, Ms. Weipert served as a partner at Accenture with a focus in information technology. She has broad experience in designing and delivering information services and successfully applying information technology to meet mission-critical business requirements in a range of industries, including government, financial services, transportation, and commercial industries.
Ms. Weipert earned her MS in Information Systems from George Washington University.
Dale "Dusty" Wince, '12
Knowledge Consulting Group
Mr. Wince is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Consulting Group (KCG). Leveraging more than 27 years of Information Technology (IT) consulting experience and a proven formula for success, he founded KCG in 2000. Mr. Wince has presided over the company's successful transformation from a small start-up company to a leading provider of cybersecurity services to public and private sector organizations. With over 270 employees, KCG is widely recognized as the largest "pure-play" cybersecurity services firm in the market.
Mr. Wince holds a BS in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of George Mason University's Executive MBA program with a concentration in National Defense.
George Mason University, School of Management
Jorge Haddock joined the School of Management at George Mason University as dean in July 2009. Prior to coming to Mason, he was dean of the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business and associate dean and professor of management science and information technology in the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dean Haddock has authored or co-authored more than 70 publications. He has been a consultant to several companies, including Mackie Designs, CSX World Terminals, Citicorp, Citibank (Wall Street) Bendix, Jiffy Lube and others. In addition, Dean Haddock is a co-inventor of the patent "Method of System for Providing Credit Support to Parties Associated with Derivative and Other Financial Transactions."
Dean Haddock earned his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, his MS in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and his PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.
Assistant Dean, Development
George Mason University, School of Management
As Assistant Dean, Development for the George Mason University School of Management, Mr. Wilson serves as the school's chief development officer, reporting to the dean of the school, and the university vice president of development. Wilson manages a team of alumni and fundraising professionals responsible for a $20 Million capital campaign goal. Within his first 30 months, the school broke two annual fundraising records and achieved a record number of new donors.
Prior to joining Mason, Mr. Wilson held the role of Director of Corporate Relations at Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business. While at ASU, he co-founded and directed Investment Banking Industry Scholars, which was recognized by BusinessWeek in 2006. He has experience working with start-up ventures, including board development and recruitment of retired and current Fortune 500 executives and is also an experienced career coach. Past awards include the 2009 Forty Under Forty Award from the Phoenix Business Journal.
Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.
Board Members Emeritus
Russ Griffiths (dec.)