Sunil Kumar Named Dean of Chicago Booth

The wait is finally over. University of Chicago Booth School of Business announced today that Sunil Kumar, the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information and Technology and an expert in operations research at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, has been appointed the next dean.

Kumar is currently the Stanford business school’s senior associate dean for academic affairs. In this role, he oversees the school’s MBA program and also leads the faculty groups in marketing and organizational behavior. His five-year term as dean at Chicago Booth will begin on January 1, 2011.

“I am excited to become dean of Chicago Booth,” Kumar said. “I share the school’s passion for the pursuit of ideas that hold up under careful scrutiny. I look forward to helping strengthen and enhance Booth’s outstanding research environment and its rigorous, discipline-based approach to business education. I am eager to get to know the faculty, students, alumni and staff of the school, and to engage with the business community in the city of Chicago.”

In a joint e-mail to the Chicago Booth community, President Robert Zimmer and Provost Thomas Rosenbaum said “We are delighted that Sunil Kumar has agreed to serve as dean. He brings the right blend of vision, entrepreneurial energy and academic leadership that will build on the contributions of Chicago Booth at a time of tremendous momentum and achievement.”

Kumar succeeds Edward A. Snyder, who completed nine years as Chicago Booth’s dean on June 30 and will become dean at Yale School of Management.

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