Smith School Appoints New Dean with Global Outlook

new dean at Smith SchoolThe University of Maryland announced today that it has appointed Alexander J. Triantis as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Triantis, who has been with the Smith School for 17 years and is currently a professor of finance, succeeds G. “Anand” Anandalingam and assumes his new role Sept. 1, 2013.

Dean Triantis will build on the Smith School’s advances in student experience, alumni engagement, and connections with business leaders, policymakers and the media. The Smith School’s MBA program is currently recognized as No. 24 among business schools nationwide in the most recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek rankings — which also rated the school No. 2 in student satisfaction, career services and teaching.

Triantis joined the Smith School faculty in 1996 and served as chair of the department of finance from 2006-2011. Under his leadership, the Smith School launched a master’s degree program in finance, innovative undergraduate fellows programs, and the groundbreaking Center for Financial Policy, which connects faculty with Washington policymakers to leverage the impact of faculty research on important financial policy issues.

Prior to joining the Smith School, he was an assistant and associate professor at the University of Wisconsin and a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

“I am very honored to be appointed to this role,” says Triantis. “The Smith School already has strong momentum with exceptional faculty intellectual capital, leading centers of excellence, and diverse, creative and entrepreneurial students. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work in a new way with Smith’s outstanding community of faculty, students, alumni and staff to help the school reach its full potential as a world leader in business education.”

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