Posted by: Louis Lavelle on September 5, 2008
Nicole Woolsey Biggart, the dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, and one of only a handful of female business school deans in the U.S., is stepping down. In the press release, no reason was given but Biggart, who has been the dean since 2003, is stepping down next July, taking a year-long sabbatical, then returning to teaching.
Biggart’s accomplishments as dean include securing a $10 million gift for a new education building, establishing a campus in the Bay Area, and launching an annual survey of California women business leaders, which focused attention on the fact that only one in 10 top corporate executives and directors are women.
Biggart said she began her term as dean "with several aspirations, and I am pleased that we have achieved substantial progress toward these goals in the past five years." She continued:
The Graduate School of Management is well-positioned to explore new opportunities and to develop further. The faculty is widely recognized for their research and teaching skills and is among the best in the country as measured by rankings, research productivity and reputation. The School's staff is entrepreneurial, dedicated and willing to take on new challenges. And our students are among the best in the world.