School Welcomes Eugene W. Anderson as its New Dean
August 01, 2011
In looking at the University of Miami School of Business Administration, Eugene “Gene” Anderson sees a bright future:
“The business school has tremendous opportunities to build on its momentum, reach out to the wider university and business communities, and connect internationally,” he says.
Anderson became the new dean of the business school on August 1, and he brings a background that dovetails nicely with those areas of opportunity. He comes to Miami from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he was most recently senior associate dean for academic affairs. He began working at Michigan in 1988 after earning his PhD in marketing and statistics from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.
As a faculty member, he taught the core marketing course in all of Michigan’s degree programs and conducted widely-cited research into the link between customer satisfaction and financial performance. In 2000, Anderson moved into his first administrative role. Over the next decade, the Ross school went through a period of transformation and innovation—and as an administrator, Anderson was often at the center of that change.
|Anderson introduced himself to School of Business faculty and staff on August 2
One of Anderson’s first challenges was to lead the design, development and launch of the school’s first Executive MBA program, which was highly successful despite his being a relative newcomer in a field of well-established competitors. In the following years, he led the revision of the full-time MBA program’s core curriculum, “the first major curriculum change approved by the faculty in over 25 years,” he says.
He was also involved in a variety of cross-disciplinary initiatives including revamping the Non-Profit Management Center, a collaborative venture of the business, social work and public policy schools; the creation of dual-degree programs combining business with education, music and public health; and the development of a Master's of Entrepreneurship Degree in partnership with the engineering school.
Anderson’s career also gave him a leadership role in Michigan’s experiential action-based learning program, which places teams of MBA students at corporations to tackle real-world consulting challenges. He strengthened the global component of the program, increasing the number of students involved in international projects from a handful of teams per year to more than 40 in just three years.
Anderson met with students from the Executive MBA and Master of Science in Professional Management programs during his first week at the School.
That focus on real-world, global experience is a good fit with Anderson’s new role at the UM School of Business, notes Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, who served as the School’s interim dean prior to Anderson’s arrival.
"We want the best and brightest students to learn from our top-notch faculty in innovative programs that incorporate practical application both locally and internationally, and Dean Anderson shares this vision," she says.
In thinking about how to continue making that vision a reality, Anderson says he has “some early ideas, but they are not set in stone. I’m starting by listening and learning, and finding out what people are passionate about.” And the path forward, he says, will be shaped by a fundamental reality:
“Business students today need global perspective, multi-disciplinary thinking, and an ability to learn quickly from experience and turn ideas into action—and I can’t think of another school in a better position to produce graduates who can do just that.”