Tepper’s Dean to Step Down in 2011

Dean Kenneth B. Dunn of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University announced last week that he will be stepping down from his post on January 1, 2011. Dunn will be the third-longest serving dean in the business school’s 61-year history, and the news puts Tepper on a growing list of business schools in search of new leadership in the top spot.

In announcing the news to faculty, students and staff, Dunn said he  accepted the position of dean in 2002 because he wanted to give back to the place that has been so influential in his life and career. Dunn had been a professor of financial economics from 1979 through 1987. The outgoing dean holds that the timing is ideal for leadership transition to begin, and gives insights on what he views as a brilliant future that lies ahead for the school.

“Our steadfast commitment to academic excellence continues to deliver management professionals to the global business community who excel in analyzing and solving complex challenges, and our intense focus on research and an outstanding academic experience has placed the school on the path to very bright future. Based on our successes and the current strong position of the school, the time is right for us to begin the transition process.”

Dunn is credited with spearheading the historic $55 million naming gift from his former student, David Tepper and his wife, Marlene, the largest gift in the history of Carnegie Mellon. In addition, total dollars raised for the business school have tripled during Dunn’s tenure and membership in the school’s W.L. Mellon Society, which recognizes annual leadership donors, has more than doubled.

For more on the major advances Dunn made while dean of Tepper, as well as his plans for the future, follow this link to the complete story.

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