People and Places: April 25, 2023

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Tuesday, April 25, 2023
By AACSB Staff
Major donations will support an asset management institute at Yale, a risk science program at Georgia State, and an ethics center at Purdue.


Aneil Mishra has been named dean of Towson University’s College of Business Economics in Maryland. Mishra most recently was dean of the School of Management at the University of Michigan–Flint. He previously has served as the Thomas D. Arthur Distinguished Professor of Leadership at the College of Business at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and as the associate dean for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University in Durham. He also was vice president of curriculum and faculty relations for 2U Inc., where he helped launch the online MBA program for the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Mishra begins his role at Towson on July 5.

Brian Neureuther has been appointed dean of the School of Business and Economics (SBE) at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, where he has been on the faculty since 2006. Neureuther, a professor of supply chain management and international business, has been interim dean of the school since Rowena Walters left that position in June 2021. In his time at the school, he has served as coordinator and chair of the supply chain management program. In 2018, he became associate dean and helped oversee its online degree completion program in accounting. As interim dean, Neureuther led the school through an extension of AACSB accreditation. He will assume the full rank of dean on July 1.

Ash Soni, who has served as interim dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in Bloomington since July 2022, will continue as dean for the next two years. Soni, who also is a professor of operations and decision technologies and the Sungkyunkwan Professor, succeeds Idalene “Idie” Kesner, who stepped down and returned to teaching. Previously, Soni has served the Kelley School as executive associate dean for academic programs, associate dean of information technology, and chair of the operations and decision technologies department. A member of the school’s faculty since 1981, Soni has received many teaching awards, including those that recognize teaching in international programs, online programs, and MBA programs.

Laurent Muzellec has been elected as the new dean of Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin. During his many years at the school, Muzellec has set up the Centre for Digital Business and Analytics and established the Masters in Digital Marketing Strategy. Prior to joining Trinity, he worked at the University College Dublin’s Smurfit Graduate Business School and the ESSCA School of Management in France. In addition, he has worked at the French Embassy Trade Office in New York and as a product manager at a Paris-based developer of an internet mapping application. Muzellec takes over from Andrew Burke, who has led the school since 2015. During that time, the school built a new eco-friendly building, achieved multiple accreditations, and expanded its educational offerings.

Matt Waller has announced he will step down as dean of the Sam W. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Waller, who has been dean of the school since 2016, plans to return to faculty as a professor of supply chain management. Under his leadership, the school added seven new master’s degree programs in fields such as accounting, analytics, supply chain management, and healthcare analytics; launched online bachelor’s degree programs in human resources management, marketing, accounting, and supply chain management; created the Business Integrity Leadership Initiative and the Customer Centric Leadership Initiative; and completed two successful AACSB accreditation reviews. Waller will transition out of the dean’s role on August 14.

On that date, Brent Williams will become interim dean for the Walton College. Williams currently serves as the senior associate dean and Garrison Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management. In his role as senior associate dean, he oversees Walton College’s academic departments, student success initiatives, and insights and analytics function. He also leads the college’s strategic planning process and several strategic initiatives. In previous leadership roles, Williams led the early development of the McMillon Innovation Studio in downtown Little Rock. He also served as the chair of the department of supply chain management.

Grants and Donations

The Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut, has established the Swensen Asset Management Institute with the support of a 20 million USD gift from an anonymous donor. Tobias J. Moskowitz has been appointed as the inaugural director of the new institute, which is named for David F. Swensen, Yale’s longtime chief investment officer. According to dean Kerwin K. Charles, the new institute will allow the Yale School of Management to demonstrate “how effective, principled, and values-based asset management serves both business and society.”

Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business in Atlanta has received a 15 million USD gift from the Starr Foundation that will expand and enhance the school’s risk management programs. In recognition, the department of risk management and insurance will be renamed the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Science to honor the chairman of the Starr Foundation. The gift, the largest in the Robinson College’s history, will be used to establish an honors scholarship, develop a certificate program for students who are not risk science majors, create a new physical space for the risk science unit, and recruit additional faculty.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has received a 10 million USD commitment from alumni Norman and Karen Blake to establish an ethics center within the Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. School of Business. The Blake Family Center for Ethics will provide students with opportunities to apply ethics across the school’s curriculum. The gift will fund a director’s position, a scholars program, curriculum development, monthly forums, and an annual symposium. The Blakes are longtime Purdue benefactors who also have established the Blake Family Endowed Chair of Strategic Management in the Daniels School of Business and the Karen and Norm Blake Dean’s Scholar Award Endowment in the College of Liberal Arts.

The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado in Boulder has received a 5 million USD gift from Tandean Rustandy to create the Tandean Rustandy Endowed Deanship, the first named deanship at the university. The dean will have complete discretion over the use of the funds. The school, which is now led by acting dean Yonca Ertimur, expects to use the gift to recruit high-quality candidates for the dean’s position. Rustandy, head of ceramic-tile manufacturer PT Arwana Citramulia Tbk, has made previous gifts to the university, including one that created an academic building that connects the schools of engineering and business.

The Holzschuh College of Business Administration at Niagara University in New York has received a 1.5 million USD gift from the Wegmans Family Foundation to establish the Robert B. Wegman Endowed Director of Food Industry Innovation and Supply Chain Excellence. The director will lead the growth and development of the school’s centers of Food Industry Leadership and Supply Chain Excellence and will guide efforts in creating a new facility on campus to house the centers.


The International Master Program for Managers (IMPM) is partnering with Inner Development Goals (IDG), a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable living, to offer a new 10,000 USD scholarship designed for leaders who have demonstrated exceptional effort in the field of sustainability. The IMPM is offered by five academic partners in five countries: McGill University in Canada, the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in India, Yokohama National University in Japan, FGV-EBAPE in Brazil, and Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.

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