New Business School Deans take the helm at UNICON Institutions

New Business School Deans take the helm at UNICON Institutions

New Business School Deans Take the Helm at UNICON Institutions

Already, the year 2021 has seen at least seven new business school deans installed at UNICON member organizations, testament to the dynamism in graduate level business studies leadership.

With new leadership come new paradigms, focus and energy sure to shape the future of graduate-level business approaches.

  •     Carnegie Mellon Tepper – Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou

Dr. Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, renowned educator, researcher, and financial and economics expert, has been selected as the new dean of CMU’s Tepper School of Business. Isabelle currently serves as dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University. During her tenure at Desautels, which began in 2015, she led the launch of several Master of Management programs, including Master in Retailing, Master in Finance and Master in Analytics. She also created a series of interdisciplinary minors in entrepreneurship for undergraduate students as well as multi-level programs in data analytics.

Additionally, Isabelle led the establishment of the Bensadoun School of Retail Management, which is dedicated to tapping expertise across multiple disciplines such as neuroscience, computer science, architecture and design as well as health and sustainability, and linking them to resources in management and entrepreneurship to shape the future of retail.

  •     Cornell University – Andrew Karolyi

Andrew Karolyi, acting dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business since Kevin F. Hallock stepped down March 4, will serve as dean of the college for the remainder of Hallock’s term, Provost Michael Kotlikoff has announced.Karolyi is also the college’s dean of academic affairs, and the Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professor of Management in the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.Karolyi said one of his main priorities will be fostering a sense of community and belonging at the college.

  •     IE –  Lee Newman

“Madrid’s IE University is putting an American expatriate who earned his MBA at MIT Sloan, worked for McKinsey & Co. and has built a well-earned reputation as an academic visionary in the dean’s job of IE Business School. Lee Newman has worked closely with IE University President and former IE Business School Dean Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño for over a decade. His appointment–effective in June–occurred without a search.”

“Newman, who led the launch and development of IE’s School of Human Sciences and Technology, is something of a modern-day Renaissance Man, with interests in psychology, computer science, music, cheese and wine, travel and zen. He has been a management consultant, having worked as an engagement manager in McKinsey’s Chicago office in the early 1990s, an entrepreneur of two companies in New York from 1996 to 2002, and since then an academic, having earned a PhD in an unusual interdisciplinary pairing of cognitive psychology and computer science from the University of Michigan in 2009.”

  •      Queens University – Wanda Costen

Wanda Costen was named Dean, Smith School of Business.

“Dr. Costen brings a unique combination of experience in academia – as a Dean, senior administrator, researcher, and professor– with both a private and public sector management career.

At a time when the university is embarking upon a new strategic direction focussed on its impact on the community at a local, national and international level, Dr. Costen is the embodiment of the university’s commitment to foster human talent through the cultivation of the mind and creative spirit and in doing so, create a better world.”

  •     Singapore Management – Professor Bert De Reyck

SMU appointed Professor Bert De Reyck as the Dean of Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB). He takes over the helm from Professor Gerry George who served as Dean from 2015 – 2021. Professor George has moved to Georgetown University and will continue his association with SMU as a Visiting Professor.

Professor De Reyck brings to his role a rich repository of academic and research achievements. He earned his BSc in Applied Economics, MSc in Information Systems Engineering and PhD in Operations Management from the University of Leuven, Belgium. He is the Founding Director of the UCL School of Management at University College London. Before joining UCL, Bert held positions at London Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Rotterdam School of Management. He has also taught at Columbia University, Hong Kong University, and CEIBS. He has been the recipient of several teaching and applied research awards.

  •     Santa Clara University – Ed Grier

Santa Clara University has named Ed Grier, a veteran global operations executive and business-school leader, to be the next dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.Grier will join Leavey this summer from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has served as dean of the School of Business. He joined VCU in 2010 after a successful 29-year career with Walt Disney Company, where he served in a variety of progressively more responsible roles around the globe, including president of the $2 billion, 20,000-employee Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif.

At SCU, Grier will lead a school with more than 170 faculty and 50 staff members, and more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students, located in one of the world’s most innovative regions—Silicon Valley.

  •     University of Maryland – Prabhudev Konana

Prabhudev Konana was appointed dean of the University of Maryland’s business school. Konana, who previously served as the associate dean of instructional innovation at the University of Texas at Austin’s business school, assumed the position in January.

Konana’s research analyzes the value of social networks and sentiments embedded within text, and business value of IT.


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