What it Means to Be Dean

Highlights from AACSB International’s 2014-2015 Deans Survey.

WHAT’S THE AVERAGE TENURE of currently sitting business school deans? What position serves as the most common springboard into the dean’s office? What are the most critical issues and pressures business school administrators face today? AACSB International’s recently released 2014- 2015 Deans Survey explores these and other questions related to leadership at its member schools. The survey, which is based on responses from 574 deans and 76 interim deans in 61 countries, shows that new deans continue to outnumber their veteran counterparts. And when deans rank their most pressing priorities, improving their schools’ reputations and achieving accreditation come out on top.

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