Robert 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.
In 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
In 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
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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
Alexander 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.
On 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.