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Syracuse Whitman School Dean Anderson leaving to lead Pittsburgh business school

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Gene Anderson
Eugene (Gene) Anderson, dean of Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, is leaving to become the next dean of the business school at the University of Pittsburgh. (Photo credit: Syracuse University news website)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse University on Thursday said it would soon begin a national search for a new dean for the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Eugene (Gene) Anderson, dean of the Whitman School since 2017, plans to become the next dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration.

Anderson, a Pittsburgh native, will conclude his time at Syracuse University next month.

Alexander McKelvie — associate dean for undergraduate and master’s education and professor of entrepreneurship — will serve as interim Whitman dean effective July 1.

“The Whitman School has made real progress — both in terms of academic excellence and student success — under Gene’s leadership,” Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud said. “Thanks to his vision and service, the Whitman School is stronger, more distinctive and better positioned for continued growth.”

In his time as the Whitman dean, Anderson hired 21 full-time faculty with research interests that include business analytics, entrepreneurship and innovation, financial technology, machine learning and asset pricing, organizational diversity and inclusion, and sustainable investing.

He also “significantly” expanded interdisciplinary initiatives, including proposing and leading the development of several new undergraduate dual degrees with the College of Arts and Sciences, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, School of Information Studies, and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs; new dual master’s degrees with the College of Arts and Sciences, Falk College and Maxwell School; an MD/MBA with SUNY Upstate Medical University; a new joint master’s degree in sustainable organizations and policy with Maxwell; the university’s first online undergraduate business degree with the College of Professional Studies; the nation’s first online JD/MBA; and a certificate program in technology, law, and entrepreneurship, Syracuse University said.