Wisconsin Gets a New B-School Dean

Posted by: Louis Lavelle on July 14, 2011

The Wisconsin School of Business (Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Profile) has named François Ortalo-Magné as its new dean. Ortalo-Magné will take over for Interim Dean Joan Schmit on Sept. 1. He is succeeding Dean Michael Knetter, who is now the president and CEO of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the school said in a recent announcement.

Ortalo-Magné, 43, came to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2001 and became an associate professor in 2003. He has been the head of the school’s Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Department since 2008. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. Before coming to Wisconsin, Ortalo-Magné was an economics lecturer at the London School of Economics.

Ortalo-Magné also initiated and serves as academic director of the Global Real Estate Master Program at UW. The double-degree program allows students to study at partner institutions in Paris, Hong Kong and Costa Rica, then complete a second phase at the Madison campus.

“I am convinced the Wisconsin School of Business is capable of greatness. And we do not have a choice,” Ortalo-Magné said in the press release. “We must respond to the globalization of higher education and the revolution in information technologies.”

—Victoria Taylor

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