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Syracuse University starts search for next Whitman School dean

By Eric Reinhardt


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Syracuse University announced it has appointed a committee to help select the next dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. (ERIC REINHARDT / CNYBJ FILE PHOTO)

SYRACUSE — A search committee will work to identify the next dean of Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

The Boston, Massachusetts–based search firm Isaacson, Miller will assist the committee in all aspects of recruitment and selection, Syracuse said in its online announcement.

Maria Minniti, the Bantle chair in entrepreneurship and public policy and director of the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society, and S.P. Raj, distinguished professor, chair of marketing, and director of the master’s degree in marketing program, are the co-chairs of the search committee.

The committee has 13 members, including Steven Barnes, chairman emeritus of the Syracuse University board of trustees, per the school’s announcement.

Eugene (Gene) Anderson, who had served as dean of the Whitman School since 2017, this past May announced plans to leave the school to become the next dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. 

The appointment of Alexander McKelvie as interim dean will remain in effect until a new dean is identified. McKelvie also serves as associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education and professor of entrepreneurship in the Whitman School.

“The school is poised for continued growth and will no doubt attract a competitive slate of dean candidates given how attractive the role is among higher education influencers,” Gretchen Ritter, Syracuse University vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer, said in a statement. “I am grateful to the members of the search committee for their service to and leadership on behalf of Syracuse University and the Whitman School and look forward to seeing the candidates they put forward.”     

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