New Dean Named at Maryland

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on May 22, 2008

Today the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business named associate dean and management professor G. “Anand” Anandalignam dean of the B-school, effective July 1.

Anandalignam takes over for Howard Frank, who held the position since 1997. Since coming to Smith in 2001, Anandalignam has been chair of Smith’s decision, operations and information technologies department, and he currently holds the title Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science. Before coming to Maryland, Anandalingam held a faculty position at Wharton for 15 years and also taught at UVA.

In a statement released today, Anandalignam said, “I am very honored to be appointed to this role and look forward to working with everyone in the school and across the campus. I’ve had the pleasure of taking part in the Smith School’s rise for the past seven years and I am excited to continue the progress. As we go forward, I could not be more committed to utilizing our resources, location and remarkable thought leadership to develop strong global business leaders for sustainable innovation.”

Among his goals, according to the release, are providing a unified vision for the future, strengthening external relations and spearheading development efforts to help fund student scholarships, endowed chairs and research centers.

In the past few years, Maryland has slowly risen up the ranks of BusinessWeek’s top MBA programs, coming in 28th in 2004 and 25th in the 2006 ranking. The 2008 MBA ranking will be released this Fall.

The release from Maryland can be found here.

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