Michigan Ross Appoints Sharon Matusik as New Dean
The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business has chosen Sharon Matusik as its newest dean to succeed Scott DeRue, who stepped down last year. Most recently, Matusik was dean of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. According to an announcement made by the school, her efforts there led to greater student outcomes, record fundraising, and significant growth in the academic preparedness and diversity of applicants.
Matusik’s other key priorities at Leeds included the “End the Gap” initiative aimed at gender parity in business leadership and the “Career Impact” initiative designed to align the student experience with skills needed for long-term career success.
Under her leadership, the business school also saw record-breaking fundraising and community engagement, launched two new MBA programs for working professionals, and increased the size of its research faculty by 41%, which included a significant increase in diversity.
Matusik credited the Ross School for its “tremendous impact” on the field of business and her own career. “When I reflect on the transformational ideas in my field, the most influential mentors and my teaching role models, they have a Ross connection,” Matusik said. “What unites them all is a deep commitment to making an important impact.
“It is truly my honor to work with the Ross community to further elevate this impact through students, research and community connections, and to lead Ross as its next dean. Ross is especially well-positioned to expand its already stellar academic excellence and leadership into the future.”
Her five-year term begins on August 1, 2022.