Dammon Named Dean at Tepper

Posted by: Geoff Gloeckler on March 15, 2011

Robert M. Dammon will be the next dean of Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business, effective May 1, the school announced this morning. Dammon is currently associate dean of education and professor of financial economics at Tepper. He replaces Kenneth Dunn who vacated the dean’s position in December after nine years.

The announcement was a popular choice within the school: when Dammon was presented to Tepper faculty yesterday, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

“We are fortunate to have Bob assume leadership of one of the world’s great business schools,” said Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet, who had been serving as interim dean since December, in a release. “He is an outstanding researcher, exceptional teacher and skillful administrator, and he brings a clear understanding of the complexities and opportunities in management education today. Likewise, Bob appreciates the ever-constant relevance of analytical decision-making and will broaden its application to the global marketplace. There’s no doubt he will continue the school’s long-standing reputation for excellence in education and research.”

Dammon joined the Tepper faculty in 1984 after receiving his PhD in financial economics from the University of Wisconsin. Over his 27 years at the school, he has taught a variety of courses covering topics like corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as various executive education offerings. He was named associate dean in 2008.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve as the next dean of the Tepper School,” Dammon said in the release. “I am inspired by the successes of my predecessors, the school’s rich history in revolutionizing management education and its unwavering commitment to academic and research excellence. I look forward to working with an impressive community of faculty, alumni, students and staff to continue the school’s innovative teaching and research and to expand our collaboration with other world-class programs at Carnegie Mellon.”

Tepper currently ranks 15th in Bloomberg Businessweek’s full-time MBA ranking and 21st in undergraduate business.

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