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Barbara Kahn

Barbara Kahn

Dean, University of Miami School of Business, since 2007.

Education: PhD, Columbia University, 1984; Master in Philosophy, Columbia University, 1984; MBA, Columbia University, 1982; BA, University of Rochester, 1974

Last administrative role: Vice Dean, Undergraduate Division, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

On being a dean: One of my biggest challenges has been coping with the current economic crisis. It impacts our budget and our fundraising. It’s a challenge, but also an opportunity, to recruit the very best faculty because we have been able to become very competitive with the top business schools, many of which are facing even tougher times.

On the challenges ahead: The economic crisis is likely to continue for a while, and it remains to be seen how this will affect our budgets and fund-raising. My highest priority will continue to be to build the research reputation of the school by recruiting the best faculty and investing in research. We will also aim to achieve leadership status in our health, real estate, entrepreneurial, and risk programs by investing in and expanding them. Finally, we will continue to develop strong relationships with the business community by investing in programs such as the successful Global Business Forum hosted by the school in January. The program drew nearly 700 business professionals and we intend to continue these programs.

On being a woman leader: I thought being a professor and a vice-dean was a demanding job, but being a dean is a 24 hour-a-day commitment. It can take a toll on family and personal life.