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Interim Dean Sevilla-Sacasa Hands Reins to New Dean Aug. 1

July 28, 2011
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Interim Dean Sevilla-SacasaOn Aug. 1, the School will welcome Eugene W. Anderson as its new dean. His arrival follows the tenure of Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa (AB ’77), who has served as interim dean since Dean Barbara E. Kahn stepped down to return to The Wharton School in January 2011. Sevilla-Sacasa, a long-time financial services industry executive, has spent the last six months strengthening the School’s ties to the business community, establishing new partnerships, raising the School’s international profile, and engaging support which included securing new donations and financial commitments to the School.

The University of Miami alumna joined the School after leading some of the world's top wealth management organizations including U.S. Trust Company, where she was president and CEO and a board member, and Bank of America. She also served in leadership positions at Citigroup and Deutsche Bank.

Sevilla-Sacasa said her years of executive experience helped her prepare for her role as an overseer of the School and was essential in solidifying and fostering new relationships, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. In March, she traveled to Colombia with University President Donna Shalala to meet with executives and government officials including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. In April, she joined Puerto Rico Governor Luis G. Fortuño-Burset as a keynote speaker at the “E³ Summit of the Americas 2011.” She also travelled to New York to strengthen the School’s ties with the business community and other key constituents.

In addition to her undergraduate degree from UM, Sevilla-Sacasa holds an MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Her numerous honors include being selected for The Wall Street Journal – The 50 Women to Watch and Hispanic Business Magazine – 20 Elite Women.

She believes Dean Anderson shares her vision for the School’s growth both locally and internationally, and expects to see the School’s health sector management and policy programs and others become recognized as the best in the country under his leadership.

"Dean Anderson's impeccable academic background and experience will help the School move forward. I know he will continue to grow its research reputation and enhance its academic programs to ensure that they are relevant and meet the new demands of business in today’s ever-changing global economy," said Sevilla-Sacasa.

Sevilla-Sacasa serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and has many ties to the South Florida community. She serves on the University’s President’s Council and will remain close to her alma mater. 

“I look forward to continuing to support the School of Business and to celebrating its many future successes, which I know will be achieved thanks to the strong ties the School enjoys with its alumni, the business community and other friends,” she said.
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