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Soumitra Dutta has stepped down as dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. ...View all

Soumitra Dutta has stepped down as dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. L. Joseph Thomas, a past dean of Cornell’s SC Johnson Graduate School, will take over as interim dean. Dutta is also stepping down as chair of AACSB International’s Board of Directors. Effective immediately, AACSB’s board chair role will be filled by vice chair-chair elect Caryn Beck- Dudley, the dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in California. The role of vice chair-chair elect will be filled by John Elliott, the dean of the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.

Mickey A. Hepner is the new dean of Austin Peay State University’s College of Business in Clarksville, Tennessee. He previously was dean of the College of Business at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, where he also served as an economics professor. Hepner, who replaces interim dean Charles Moses, took his post January 2.

R SundaraOn January 1, Rangarajan “Raghu” Sundaram took up his new duties as dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business. Sundaram, who joined Stern’s faculty a little more than two decades ago, is the Edward I. Altman Professor of Credit and Debt Markets and professor of finance; he has been vice dean of MBA programs since 2016. He succeeds Peter Henry, who had held the deanship since January 2010.

S IbisiSibusiso Sibisi has been appointed director and head of the Wits Business School at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He began his new role in January. Sibisi previously was president and CEO at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and deputy vice-chancellor of research and innovation at the University of Cape Town.

Raj Devasagayam has joined the State Uni-versity of New York at Old Westbury as the dean of the School of Business. He also will serve as professor of marketing. Before coming to SUNY Old Westbury, Devasagayam was the chair of the marketing department and director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at Siena College in Albany, New York.

Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi has been named dean and president of ESSEC Business School in Cergy, France. He previously was professor of statistics and dean of faculty at ESSEC. He succeeds former dean Jean-Michel Blanquer, who is now France’s Minister of National Education.

Thomas FroehlicherThomas Froehlicher has been appointed dean of Rennes School of Business in France. Froehlicher has previously served as the dean of Kedge Business School in France and HEC Liège in Belgium.

Rubin MarcMarc Rubin has been named dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Rubin has served as the school’s interim dean since last summer and has taught at the school since 1990. He has been the PwC Professor of Accountancy and previously served as chair of the accountancy department. He currently serves as the president-elect of the American Accounting Association and is a member of the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee.

The Aspen Institute has announced that Daniel R. Porterfield will become the next president and CEO of the institute, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. He succeeds Walter Isaacson effective June 1. Porterfield is currently the president of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he has served since 2011. In 2016, the White House named Porterfield one of 11 “Champions of Change for College Opportunity.”

R MaysamiRami Maysami is now serving as dean of the College of Business and Economics at California State University in Los Angeles. He previously was dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Mississippi. He also held academic and administrative positions at the School of Business at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

After more than seven years as dean of Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business in Alabama, Bill Hardgrave became the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs in January. During his tenure as dean, enrollment increased by 47 percent and the college’s endowment grew more than 230 percent, in part because of a US$40 million naming gift from alum Raymond Harbert.