By Rochelle Broder-Singer
Anuj Mehrotra will serve as interim dean of the School of Business while the University conducts a search for a permanent dean following the departure of Eugene Anderson. He stepped down after his five-year term ended this summer. Mehrotra, a professor of management science who had also been vice dean for graduate business programs and executive education at the School, took on his role July 1.
In announcing Mehrotra’s appointment, University Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc noted Mehrotra’s commitment to excellence and credited him with growing the School’s graduate student enrollment. “During Anuj’s tenure as vice dean, the school has diversified its portfolio of graduate programs with innovative experiential courses that include international immersion and consulting experiences for participants. These programs have helped to grow graduate student enrollment by 70% in the last five years,” LeBlanc said.
Mehrotra, who joined the School’s faculty in 1993, is the Leslie O. Barnes Scholar and professor of management science, and had been a vice dean since 2007. In that role, he oversaw all aspects of MBA, Executive MBA and specialized master’s programs, including recruitment, admissions and advising. Previously, he served as the chair of the Department of Management Science.
“It was great working with my faculty and staff colleagues in my capacity as vice dean, and I look forward to working together in my role as interim dean,” Mehrotra said. “Everyone’s contributions and support will continue to be vital to our many initiatives here at the School.”
A search committee, appointed by LeBlanc and University President Julio Frenk, has begun the work of finding a new dean. The search committee is chaired by Steve Altschuler, senior vice president and CEO of U Health, and includes School of Business faculty members, faculty members of other schools and an undergraduate student representative. “The School of Business is well-positioned to continue its upward trajectory,” Mehrotra said. “The next dean will have an unprecedented opportunity to further sharpen our strategy and vision as we work to realize the University’s Roadmap to the Next Century.”