Transitions

Individuals in the industry step up and move on.

Robert S. SullivanLisa OrdonezRobert S. Sullivan, founding dean of the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego, is retiring from that post to return to the school’s faculty. During his tenure, he expanded the school’s MBA programs, established academic and industry centers, directed the construction of two academic buildings, and oversaw the launch of three specialty master’s programs. Sullivan also was at the helm when the school received a US$100 million gift from naming donors Ernest and Evelyn Rady. Succeeding him is Lisa D. Ordóñez, who previously served as vice dean of academic programs at the University of Arizona’s Eller School of Management in Tucson. A first-generation college graduate, Ordóñez is also the first woman to lead the Rady School.

In April, Ronald K. Machtley announced his plans to retire next year as president of Bryant University, an institution in Smithfield, Rhode Island, that integrates the study of business and the liberal arts. Under his leadership, the school established the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences, which allowed the school to transition from college to university status. In addition, the school added nearly 500,000 square feet to its campus footprint, and built its endowment to US$180 million.

In July 2020, Geoffrey Garrett will take up his new role as dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He currently is dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, which he has led since 2014. Gareth M. James, the E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration, will lead the Marshall School as interim dean until Garrett arrives next summer.

Stephen FerrisIn July, Stephen Ferris joined Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, as dean of the Miller College of Business. Ferris most recently was dean at the College of Business at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Costas MaglarasIn July, Costis Maglaras became the 16th dean of Columbia Business School in New York City. Maglaras has been with the school for more than two decades, most recently as the David and Lyn Silfen Professor. He previously served as director Robert S. Sullivan Lisa D. Ordóñez Stephen Ferris Costis Maglaras Alexander Triantis Sam Beldona of the PhD program and as chair of the decision, risk, and operations division; he also is a member of the executive committee of the university’s Data Science Institute.

Alexander TriantisAlexander Triantis has become the third dean of the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Triantis most recently was dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he was also a professor of finance. In July, he began a three-year term on the board of directors for AACSB International.

Sam BeldonaOn July 1, Sam Beldona became the new dean of the Kania School of Management at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. He had served as dean of the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University of California since 2013.

AACSB International, headquartered in Tampa, Florida, has selected Geoff Perry as executive vice president and chief officer of its Asia Pacific division. Perry, a former dean of the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Business School in New Zealand and an active AACSB accreditation volunteer, currently serves as the deputy vice chancellor at AUT. On January 15, he will assume his new role, in which he will lead AACSB’s initiatives in the Asia Pacific and direct its Singapore office.

Jeff Payne of the Von Allmen School of Accountancy at the University of Kentucky in Lexington has been named the 2019 KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence. While at KPMG, he will research ways to collect audit evidence with advanced technologies. KPMG’s professor-in-residence program, now in its fourth year, is designed to help academics understand the technical, regulatory, and innovation challenges affecting the tax and audit profession. It was named after accounting pioneer James Marwick, the “M” in KPMG.

 

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