Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on July 28, 2010
This morning it was announced that Sunil Kumar, the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford Full-Time MBA Profile), would be the next dean at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth Full-Time MBA Profile), the top-ranked MBA program according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
Kumar’s appointment was announced by University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer and Provost Thomas Rosenbaum. “He brings the right blend of vision, entrepreneurial energy and academic leadership that will build on the contributions of Chicago Booth at a time of tremendous momentum and achievement,” Zimmer and Rosenbaum explained in a joint email to the Booth community. Kumar is the second Stanford MBA faculty member tapped to lead a top B-school in the past year, with Peter Henry taking over the dean’s position at New York University’s Stern School of Business (Stern Full-Time MBA Profile) last fall.
Kumar has been on the Stanford MBA faculty since 1996, teaching courses in operations management, critical analytical thinking, and revenue management. He is also credited for co-developing a widely-used factory simulator, called “Littlefield Technologies”, for teaching operations management, according to the announcement.
“I am excited to become dean of Chicago Booth,” Kumar said in a statement. “I share the school’s passion for the pursuit of ideas that hold up under careful scrutiny. I look forward to helping strengthen and enhance Booth’s outstanding research environment and its rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education. I am eager to get to know the faculty, students, alumni and staff of the school, and to engage with the business community in the city of Chicago.”
Kumar replaces Edward A. Snyder, who stepped down as dean at the end of June after holding the position since 2001. Snyder will be taking over as dean at the Yale School of Management (Yale Full-Time MBA Profile) in 2011. While at Booth, Snyder helped obtain a record $300 million gift from David Booth, co-chief executive officer of Austin, Texas-based Dimensional Fund Advisors Inc., and oversaw the construction of a $125 million building.
Booth professor Harry L. Davis will serve as interim dean until Kumar takes office January 1, 2011.