Ivey and Babson Pluck New Deans From Ross School

Kennedy will be the new dean at University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business Photograph courtesy of Western University

Two professors at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business will soon take over the dean positions at other schools.

Robert Kennedy, executive director of Ross’s William Davidson Institute (WDI), a unit that does nonprofit research on developing nations, will become dean at University of Western Ontario’s Ivey Business School. Ross professor Scott Moore has been named dean of the undergraduate school at Babson College.

Kennedy beat out 30 candidates in a search that started last September. In that period, six were invited to interview for the dean position, says Janice Deakin, Western Ontario’s provost and academic vice president.

A big selling point for Kennedy is his experience with the case method of teaching. Ivey, along with the Harvard Business School and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, is one of the biggest publishers of business case studies in North America. Kennedy taught and wrote case studies at HBS prior to joining Ross, which resonated with the Ivey search committee, Deakin says.

In 2008 at Ross, Kennedy started a case writing division at the WDI, which has since published over 400 case studies. The division’s “Base-of-the-Pyramid Module,” a tutorial that explains how to build business ventures in developing economies whose people make less than $3,000 a year, is one of the bestsellers.

Kennedy says Ivey has “several attractive opportunities for expansion.” He will starts as dean in October and says his first priority is to develop deep relationships with faculty, alumni, and the Canadian business community. Kennedy replaces Carol Stephenson, who is retiring after 10 years as dean.

Also leaving Ross is Moore, whose research focus at the school has been on supply chain management. Moore served as program director for Michigan’s Bachelor of Business Administration program from 2004 to 2011. He was instrumental in shifting Ross’s undergrad program from a two-year to a three-year experience, according to the school.

At Babson, Moore will replace Robert Halsey, interim undergraduate dean, who took that position after Dennis Hanno became vice provost and dean of the graduate school.

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