Ross’s Dean Dolan Leaving in 2011

Robert Dolan of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business has confirmed his plans to step down as dean when his second term ends in summer 2011. Dolan’s departure comes a year after the school opened its $145 million, 275,000-square-foot new facility, financed in part by a $100 million gift from real estate mogul and U-M grad Stephen Ross.

Dolan ”” who begin his first term as dean in 2001 ”” is also praised for changing the curriculum of the school’s MBA program to focus on real world learning. The Financial Times quoted from Dolan’s statement to the Ross community, saying: “My fellow deans at Chicago, Northwestern, and Stanford have made similar decisions in the past year, suggesting that two terms totalling 10 years generally ”˜feels right’ in this day and age.”

Referring to deans Edward Synder of Chicago Booth and Jay O. Light of Harvard Business School, who announced their respective resignations in December 2009, Dolan tells the Michigan Daily, “Both of them sort of said ”˜Well, ten years is time for you to execute your vision and maybe it’s better for somebody else with a new view on the world to come along and have their chance to mold the school.'”

In an interview with Crain’s Detroit Business, Dolan said that building a stronger global presence should be a top priority for the business school’s next decade, adding that UM is in the early stages of fund-raising to support the future opening of offices in such locations as India and China.

“We are in some ways less global than most of the major business schools in the sense that we have a small research center in India, and that’s it,” Dolan said. “We need to do a little bit more in building a presence in some of the other parts of the world.”

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