New Deans Take the Helm at Yale SOM, UM Ross

Two top business schools–Yale School of Management and University of Michigan Ross School of Business–experienced a changing of the guard before the holiday weekend as each welcomed new deans to the helm.

Edward A. Snyder began his term as dean of Yale SOM on July 1st, and is regarded as the most successful business school dean in the nation, Yale University President Richard C. Levin has said. Prior to accepting the position at Yale SOM, Snyder served as dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has also held that position at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He is an economist with expertise in industrial organization and antitrust economics.Dean Edward Snyder Yale SOM

In a statement issued last week, Snyder talks about the growing complexities of the business world today and how business schools need to teach what he calls a “third competency” in addition to leadership, and markets and competition: the ability to integrate a big-picture, societal context into one’s thinking and decisions. “No leader can run an enterprise without understanding the broad context,” says the dean.

Over at the Michigan-Ross School of Business, Alison Davis-Blake, the school’s first female dean, took the reigns on Friday. Davis-Blake had served as dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota since 2006, where she was also the first female to lead the school. Previously,  she was a management professor and associate dean at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

“The role of business schools in society is more important than ever, as we find ourselves at a critical inflection point in history,” writes Davis-Blake in her first blog entry as dean. “Leadership, creativity, and innovation are at a premium as business plays an increasingly significant role in addressing the globe’s most pressing social and economic issues.”

Davis-Blake calls multidisciplinary thinking, the ability to learn quickly from experience, and cross-cultural teamwork the essential skills for today’s global business leader, and says no school is better equipped to help individuals hone those skills.






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