Dr. Tanuja Singh is Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at Loyola University New Orleans. She earned her doctorate in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, an MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, and an M.Sc. in Physics from University of Allahabad in India. She will begin her eleventh year as Dean of the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Previously, she worked at Northern Illinois University for thirteen years in various capacities including Department Chair and Professor of Marketing.
Under Tanuja’s leadership, the Greehey School of Business has significantly increased endowment to establish new endowed scholarships, professorships and executive-in-residence positions. She has created new market responsive programming, increased enrollment, introduced new graduate programs, significantly strengthened the school’s brand positioning, developed a strong industry advisory board and corporate alliances, enhanced student retention, outcomes, placement and internships; championed diversity and increased the international footprint of the School. She helped establish the Najim Center for Innovation and CSR, now a cross-disciplinary collaborative innovation space to assist students from all majors across the university to work on industry sponsored projects.
Tanuja’s strength as a leader comes from a deep understanding of the interplay between academia, industry, and the larger community, as well as an ability to understand and respond effectively to challenges and opportunities in the environment. An expert in strategic planning, she regularly presents to national and international audiences including corporate leadership teams on various topics including organizational strategy and leadership, future of work, millennials’ attitudes and behaviors, global strategy, women in leadership, and diversity in the workplace. She has published over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She is the co-author of a book on electronic media titled Surfing the Rift: An Executive’s Guide to the Post Web 2.0 World.
Tanuja serves on the Board of Directors of AACSB International, the most prestigious organization that accredits business schools around the world. She is the past President of the Southwest Business Deans Association and past Chair of Women Administrators in Management Education for AACSB International. She co-facilitates the AACSB New Deans Seminar. She continues to serve as Peer Review Team Chair and Business Member for Continuous Improvement Review for several US and International Business Schools.
In addition to her volunteer work with AASCB, Tanuja is engaged with the community in San Antonio. She serves on the governing boards of KLRN (Public Television in San Antonio) and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. She was previously on the boards of the San Antonio World Affairs Council and the Children’s Shelter. She is the primary benefactor and honorary Chairperson for a rural school in India that especially focuses on educating and empowering disadvantaged and low-income boys and girls.
Tanuja strongly believes that the best outcomes in an academic setting become possible when diversity is promoted, celebrated, and supported. She believes that while diversity and inclusion are indeed laudable goals, meaningful representation is equally critical to creating a more just and equitable world. She personally mentors and coaches faculty and students, especially from underrepresented groups, to support them in their leadership aspirations. During her tenure as dean, the school has significantly enhanced diversity (and representation) among faculty and students, as well as diversity among members of Greehey School’s Advisory Council of Executives.
Tanuja received the San Antonio Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership Award in 2018 and the Leadership Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2015. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.