Norma Maine Loeser, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and a former managing director of the Civil Aeronautic Board, has been named dean of George Washington University's School of Government and Business Administration.

She is the first woman in the nation to head a major university business school, George Washington's president Lloyd H. Elliot said.

"Throughout the years she has been associated with GW as a student, faculty member and assistant dean, she has been know for imaginative leadership and sound administrative abilities," Elliott added.

Loeser has been a faculty member at GW's business school since 1966 when she retired from active duty in the Air Force. In the military, she had been deputy director of woman in the Air Force.

A 1958 graduate of George Washington, Loeser, 55, received a master's degree in business administration from GW in 1967 and a doctorate in 1971.

From 1971 to 1973, she was assistant dean of the School of Government and business Administration and was instrumental in established a four-year undergraduate degree program in business administration.

From 1974 to 1976, she served as a commissioner on the Defense Man-power Commission and from January, 1976 to June, 1977 as managing director of the Civil Aeronautics Board, while on leave from George Wahshington.

GW's School of Government and Business Administration was founded in 1928 and currently has 3,500 studets and 75 faculty members.