New Dean at UNC

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on June 20, 2008

Jim Dean, senior associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of organizational behavior and strategy, will be the new dean of the Kenan-Flagler business school at UNC. Dean takes over as dean (no jokes please) on Aug. 1, replacing Steve Jones, who ran the school for the past five years.

As associate dean for Executive Development (2002-2007), Dean increased the number and global reach of UNC’s non-degree programs, and increased revenues by nearly 60 percent. UNC Kenan-Flagler is well known for its custom-designed programs for such organizations as ExxonMobil, the US Navy, Duke Energy, and Cisco.

As associate dean of the MBA Program (1998-2002) Dean led a redesign of the curriculum, created corporate advisory boards, and developed a team of professionals to guide admissions, student services and career services. As a result, UNC says, the quality of the MBA class, the curriculum, and the companies recruiting Kenan-Flagler grads rose significantly.

Dean takes over at a time when applications are up and salaries are strong across b-school land, but amid a troubled economy. It will be interesting to see how he steers Kenan-Flagler through the turbulent times ahead.

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