David Spalding, a high-ranking administrator at Dartmouth College, will be the new dean of Iowa State University’s College of Business, replacing its interim dean, Mike Crum.
Spalding told the audience at an open forum for the final three candidates for the dean’s position that the school’s focus on students attracted him to the job. He said he would seek feedback from students, faculty, and administrators about the challenges they face, according to the Iowa State Daily, a student newspaper.
Spalding arrived at Dartmouth in 2005, when he took on a role as vice president for alumni relations. Since then he has held a number of jobs, including chief of staff for former President Jim Yong Kim and senior vice president and adviser to interim President Carol Folt. He will start the Iowa State job on Aug. 1.
Before a career in academia, Spalding was a senior vice president and managing director of Lehman Brothers and vice chairman of the private equity shop Cypress Group in New York City. He earned his MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Iowa State President Steven Leath, said in a statement that he’s confident that Spalding “will take Iowa State’s business program to the next level.”