Dean, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington/Indianapolis
Idalene Kesner was appointed dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2013 after serving as interim dean in 2012. She is also the Frank P. Popoff Chair of Strategic Management. Kesner joined the Kelley School faculty in 1995 and has served in many leadership roles, including associate dean of faculty and research, chairperson of the full-time MBA program, and chairperson of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship.
Her research focuses on corporate boards, executive succession, and mergers and acquisitions. She teaches courses in strategy, consulting, and crisis management in the school’s graduate and executive programs. She has consulted with many national and international firms on management and board-related issues, and she currently serves on five boards. She has won dozens of teaching awards at the Kelley School and at the University of North Carolina, where she was a professor for 12 years. She recently was named Business School Dean of the Year by Poets&Quants, a popular business school media outlet.
Kesner earned her MBA and PhD from the Kelley School and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.