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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 12, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 21
JHU Launches National Search for Inaugural Business Dean

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

A search committee to identify the inaugural dean for the new Carey Business School has been recently appointed by President William R. Brody and convened by Provost Steven Knapp.

David Nichols, vice dean for education at the School of Medicine, will serve as chair of the committee, which anticipates delivering to President Brody a list of candidates by December 2007, following an extensive nationwide search. The committee expects the new dean, once approved by the board of trustees, to be in place before the start of the 2008-2009 academic year.

The 13-member committee held its first meeting last month and plans to refine its candidate specifications in future meetings.

Nichols said that the preliminary job description targets a proven leader with the energy and creativity required to build the school into a recognized leader among the nation's business schools. He or she will also possess a record of distinguished achievement in scholarship and practice in the broad areas of business, business education and research, Nichols said.

"We're looking for a founding dean who is visionary and entrepreneurial, someone who is willing to imagine nontraditional programs and has a real sense of the global business environment and how best to prepare students for it," Nichols said. "We also want someone who is collaborative and can envision building on the strengths in other divisions of the university. And finally, we want someone who can attract additional financial support for a school that will grow."

The Carey Business School began operations Jan. 1, building new and distinctive programs on the foundation created by the university's School of Professional Studies in Business and Education, which no longer exists.

The school was launched with a $100 million funding plan, starting with $50 million in the form of a gift from trustee emeritus William Polk Carey through his W.P. Carey Foundation.

Currently, the school offers an MBA program, as well as degree and certificate programs in finance, marketing, real estate, organization development, and information and telecommunications systems. In addition, it offers joint master's/MBA programs in biotechnology, public health and nursing in conjunction with other university schools.

Nichols said that the plan is for the new dean to develop more innovative joint degree programs, such as a five-year BA-BS/MBA option for liberal arts and engineering majors from the university's undergraduate programs.

Nichols said the new dean will be someone who can effectively build consensus and craft a new vision for the school.

"In many respects, this will be a brand new school, not a carbon copy of existing business schools. We expect it to be innovative," he said.

The Carey Business School, headquartered in the university's Downtown Center with a presence at five other JHU campuses, currently has 220 full-time and part-time faculty and a diverse population of 2,400 full-time and part-time graduate and undergraduate students.

Pamela Cranston assumed the post of interim dean on Jan. 1 and will serve until a permanent dean is appointed.

The members of the committee from the Carey Business School are Michael Anikeef, chair of the Department of Real Estate; Douglas Hough, chair of the Department of the Business of Health; and Antoinette Ungaretti, assistant dean and director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

Other committee members are Jonathan Bradley, alumnus and associate vice president of A.G. Edwards; Maryann Fralic, a professor in the School of Nursing; Joseph Harrington, a professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences; Blair Johnson, alumnus and principal member of Breakthrough Consulting; Laura Morlock, professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health; Ken Potocki, chair of Technical Management and Systems Engineering Programs at the Applied Physics Laboratory; Ed Roulhac (vice chair), vice provost for academic services; Edward Scheinerman, professor of applied mathematics and statistics in the School of Engineering; and Sarah Steinberg, associate dean for Advanced Academic Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences.


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