The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business has announced that Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam will step down at the end of his five-year term on June 30, 2013.
His tenure began in 2008 with the goals of strengthening the school’s educational offerings, increasing students’ global competencies, and increasing the school’s intellectual reach. Since then, Dean Anand has pursued initiatives to improve the student experience and better connect the school with outside audiences, including business leaders, policy makers and the media.
The school redesigned its MBA program under Dean Anand to incorporate experiential learning through an integrated “Smith Experience.” More global learning opportunities were created through study trips and international consulting projects structured to provide relevant and challenging educational experiences, and global issues were woven throughout the curriculum at all levels.
“The Smith School has accomplished some remarkable things during a very difficult time for the local, national and global economy,” says Dean Anand. “I’m proud of the progress we have made, and look forward to making further contributions to the school’s success.”
With Dean Anand’s guidance, the school surpassed its goal for the University of Maryland’s Great Expectations capital campaign, raising more than $110 million to support scholarships, facilities and faculty recruitment. These and other efforts have cemented the school’s place as a top-tier institution. Smith was ranked No. 24 in the 2012 BusinessWeek rankings—which also rated the school as No. 2 in student satisfaction, No. 2 in career services, and No. 2 in teaching.
When he moves on from his current role, Dean Anand plans to pursue leadership in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship in partnership with institutions worldwide. A global search is underway to find his replacement.