Alison Davis-Blake will be moving from Minnesota to Michigan this summer when she leaves her position as dean at U. of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and takes a new post as dean of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the Ross School of Business,” Davis-Blake says in a Michigan Ross press release. “Ross has long been among the top business schools in the country and the world. It has strong programs across the board and is housed within a great university. Its action-based learning approach is a unique niche that sets it apart from other business schools.”
Davis-Blake is known in the business school world for her commitment to international experiences for students, to leadership training, and to research.
In a Financial Times article on the same subject, Jerry Davis, head of the search advisory committee at Ross, says, “She impressed the committee with her grasp of the broad competitive landscape of business education, its future trends and the factors that distinguish Ross from the other top schools. She has had great success working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors at Carlson, and the school’s reputation has risen accordingly.”
In terms of moving forward, Davis-Blake states that one of her priorities at Michigan will be “to promote the school more actively on the world stage. She explains how the school’s “global profile needs to move forward.”
Davis-Blake will replace Bob Dolan as dean of Michigan Ross. Dolan has been dean of the Ross School of Business since 2001.
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