About the Position

Dean of the School of Management

The Opportunity

The University at Buffalo (UB) invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of dean of the School of Management. A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, UB is an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. The dean of the School of Management will be a senior member of the university’s leadership team, working with the university’s president, provost, and other deans and senior leaders to advance the university’s ambitious vision for excellence in teaching, research, and engagement.

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school, reporting to the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs in the areas of inter-professional education, faculty research, and programs. The dean is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research, and in graduate and undergraduate education. The ideal candidate will be an individual of integrity, a strong leader, an advocate for the school and the university, a creative problem solver, and an engaged partner in building and enhancing relationships with the school’s many constituencies and the larger community. This includes a willingness to make tough decisions on a principled basis that impacted stakeholders can respect.

Candidates should demonstrate significant experience and a clear vision for progress in the following areas: The dean should have substantial leadership experience in a distinguished academic or comparable setting and the capacity to formulate and articulate a shared vision, to persuade a wide range of audiences of its value, and to engage others in its implementation.  He or she will help define and articulate the specific strategies and provisions for the school within the university’s strategic plan, UB 2020.  The dean will have significant academic credentials, including a strong track record of success in research and accomplishments in or related to the field of management.  He or she will recruit outstanding new faculty in management as well as retain the school’s strongest faculty.  The dean will value and promote the school’s ongoing transdisciplinary partnerships, and actively engage in advancing and developing new opportunities for future partnerships along with deans in other units.  He or she will have a proven record of resourcefulness in fiscal and personnel management, and will devote substantial effort to development activities in order to generate additional resources for the school.   The dean’s record will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, with evidence of success in recruiting, supporting, mentoring and retaining faculty, staff and students from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives.

Applications and nominations should be submitted as indicated at the end of this profile.

UB Overview

Impactful research, scholarly distinction, transformative student experiences, and far-reaching service to local, state, national, and international communities define UB’s mission as a premier research-intensive public university. UB was founded in 1846 as a private medical college located in downtown Buffalo and joined SUNY in 1962. Today, UB is the largest and most comprehensive public research university in the SUNY system and an internationally renowned center for academic excellence. In 1990, UB was the first public university in the Northeast to be admitted into the Association of American Universities (AAU), joining North America’s other leading research universities.

UB enrolls close to 30,000 students (approximately 2/3 undergraduate and 1/3 graduate and professional students), and offers nearly 400 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, professional and doctoral levels across its 12 decanal units. UB is a global community of scholars, consistently ranking among the nation’s top 20 universities for the enrollment of international students. The university enjoys a strong international presence, maintaining affiliation agreements with over 80 universities in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. UB’s approximately 240,000 alumni live in over 145 nations worldwide.

UB has a distinguished faculty of approximately 1,600 full-time members and almost 750 part‑time members. With more than 150 research centers and institutes, UB’s current annual research expenditures, including affiliated institutions, exceed $386 million. The Libraries hold four million volumes in eight libraries and provide access to 100,000 full-text e‑journals and 800,000 e-books.

Recognizing the key role that a vibrant 21st-century physical campus environment plays in enhancing education, research, and learning, as part of the UB 2020 vision UB is implementing a long-range plan for enhancing its North, South, and Downtown campus spaces and connecting them more effectively to their surrounding communities. UB’s North Campus, located in the Buffalo suburb of Amherst, is the university’s main undergraduate campus, and home to the university’s primary athletics and cultural facilities. Three miles to the south, on the northern edge of the City of Buffalo, is the university’s historic South Campus, which serves as the primary health sciences campus. UB also has a rapidly developing third campus center in downtown Buffalo. The focal point of UB’s downtown presence is the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, on which UB’s new medical school facility will be constructed in proximity to the university’s health and life science partners (anticipated completion date of 2017).

With annual revenues that exceed $1.2 billion from all sources, UB and its affiliated entities generate an estimated economic impact of $2.18 billion annually in New York State. The university’s total workforce of almost 6,800 full-time equivalent employees makes it one of the region’s largest employers. UB is also a leader and an active partner with the more than 20 public and private colleges and universities in the Buffalo Niagara region. 

UB Leadership

President Satish K. Tripathi

Internationally recognized as an accomplished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Dr. Satish K. Tripathi was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.

Dr. Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, was one of the principal creators of the UB 2020 strategic plan to achieve academic excellence, and has led the university to achieve significant growth in research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence.  Building on this strong foundation, Dr. Tripathi’s vision for UB’s future focuses on moving the university into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities through expanding its reach and impact locally as well as globally.

The first international-born president in UB’s history, Dr. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside prior to coming to UB. Previously, he was a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, where his 19-year tenure as a faculty member included serving as chair from 1988-95. A fellow of IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was awarded the honorary doctorate of sciences from the prestigious Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.

An active leader in the national higher education community, Dr. Tripathi is a member of the Mid‑American Conference Council of Presidents Executive Committee and serves on the boards of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the Digital Preservation Network.  Among his numerous community leadership roles, Dr. Tripathi serves on the boards of directors of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Great Lakes Health, and was appointed by Governor Cuomo as co-chair of the Regional Economic Development Council for Western New York. 

Provost Charles F. Zukoski

An internationally renowned scholar in chemical engineering who is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was named one of the Hundred Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Charles F. Zukoski was appointed provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on June 1, 2012.  As the university’s second-ranking officer, the provost is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the university’s academic vision captured in UB 2020. Since 2012, Provost Zukoski has actively engaged the campus in a vigorous conversation about the future of higher education, how to make UB more competitive in a changing world, how to prepare graduates to be active and responsible global leaders, and how UB can have a larger and more significant local and global impact.  Provost Zukoski joined UB from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he served as vice chancellor for research and Elio Eliakim Tarika Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University. 

Buffalo Niagara

As a world-renowned research university, UB’s intellectual capital and innovation are playing a vital role in Buffalo’s resurgence as a thriving city that is a magnet for the talented professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators who recognize the tremendous energy and momentum gathering here. Home to one of the nation’s fastest growing populations of college graduates, the Buffalo-Niagara region, with 1.5 million residents, is the state’s second largest major metropolitan area, exceeded only by New York City. The region includes a diverse blend of communities, each with its own distinct personality, yet commonly characterized by a distinctly neighborly way of life, an unpretentious nature and spirited loyalty among residents. Buffalo’s own strong sense of community, easy lifestyle, and affordability regularly place it in top ten lists from a variety of national publications for its overall quality of life.

Buffalo offers an impressive array of cultural and recreational opportunities uncommon for a region of its size. Buffalo’s rich cultural resources reflect its distinguished history and a commitment to sustaining the arts, including the Grammy-Award winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; the world-class collection of modern painting and sculpture at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; an extensive array of historic architectural treasures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Eero and Eliel Saarinen; and an expansive park system (including Delaware Park), considered to be the very best work of designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The city is home to the state’s largest concentration of theaters outside of New York City. Buffalo is a family friendly, livable and affordable city, with Niagara Falls, one of the major tourist attractions of the world, a short drive away. Buffalo is close to two significant wine growing regions – Niagara Escarpment and the Finger Lakes region. In addition, the Adirondack Mountains are half-a-day’s drive from Buffalo.

Rich in natural resources and beauty, the Buffalo Niagara area is a four-season region that offers the best for seasonal sports enthusiasts. University at Buffalo fans enjoy a full complement of NCAA division I sports with the UB Bulls, as well as the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres, Triple-A baseball’s Buffalo Bisons, and the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits.

Less than a two-hour drive from Buffalo across the United States-Canada border is Toronto, the cultural, entertainment, and financial capital of Canada. Buffalo is also ideally located for easy access to many of America’s greatest cities. The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport offers direct flights to more than 20 cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., all only an hour’s flight time away.

Buffalo’s resurgence is making national headlines, and UB is playing a central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy and thriving entrepreneurial culture that are driving this revitalization. Buffalo is experiencing a period of tremendous progress and momentum as well as unprecedented regional investments in the industries of the future and in the assets that ensure a satisfying quality of life for all its citizens. Several decanal units within UB already have well-established ties with area businesses such as Praxair, Lockheed Martin, Moog and Greatbatch, in addition to ties with the large ecosystem represented by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The dean must have the dynamism and the commitment to drive the positioning of the School of Management as one of the hubs for the key sectors of this revitalization, i.e., the biotech and healthcare industries. UB is also making a mark in the areas of advanced manufacturing, materials informatics, life sciences and clean energy as exemplified through the critical research and development activities undertaken by the NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics. The dean should support and promote School of Management faculty involvement in these sectors and in these cross-campus, interdisciplinary initiatives as well, thereby playing a more active role in the regional private sector growth.

The School of Management


Established in 1923, the UB School of Management has built an impressive reputation as one of the best schools of business in the world. The mission of the school is to advance the practice of management within a global context through scholarly research, education, and professional and community service. The School of Management aspires to advance its standing as a leading, comprehensive school of management, furthering its global reputation for influential scholarship and for educational experiences that make a difference in the lives of its students and graduates. Through its actions and accomplishments, the School of Management will inspire pride among the diverse members of its community locally and globally. The school strives to be renowned for:

  • High Impact Scholarship—The school will be known for thought leadership in both the relevant academic literature as well as in management practice
  • Adding Value—The school will be known for creating learning experiences in its executive, graduate, undergraduate and entrepreneurship educational programs that provide a high return on investment over the course of a lifetime
  • Engaged Service—the school will be known for its desire to actively advance the welfare of its professional, university, and public communities

This vision entails a continuing pursuit of lofty goals. These goals are:

  • Continuing the upward rise in reputational rankings as measured by key rating services
  • Continuing the upward rise in our scholarly productivity as measured by key indicators

The School of Management’s pursuits will be guided by a culture of responsibility and mutual respect. The School of Management community recognizes an obligation to share the responsibilities of self–governance, the benefits of diverse points of view, and the need to conduct its affairs in an atmosphere of civility and mutual respect. This culture is reinforced by the following values:

  • Innovation—creating new ideas, testing them and retaining those that are most valuable
  • Professional Conduct—reflecting high ethical standards and integrity in all of the school’s endeavors
  • Efficiency—in the use and allocation of resources based on performance and contributions to strategic goals
  • Entrepreneurship—by championing new initiatives and ventures that engage and benefit the multiple stakeholders of the School of Management community
  • Growth—involving the continuing professional development and renewal of the people in the community

Identifying its strategic initiatives, enrollment, and the quality and impact of faculty continue to be high priorities for the School of Management. The school is also keenly focused on its partnerships within UB and externally, particularly in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, and health care.

Advancing research, teaching, and outreach in the area of leadership is a key theme in the School of Management. Through its Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and through innovative programs like LeaderCORE™, the school’s award-winning full-time MBA leadership certification, the school builds upon its ongoing commitment to develop leaders at all levels of an organization and to prepare the next generation of business leaders.

The School of Management helps area entrepreneurs hone their skills through a variety of programs offered by its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). In addition, it supports a number of other entrepreneurship initiatives, including UB's Entrepreneurship Academy, the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program, Startup CEL, the Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) and the Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, the region’s premier event for students seeking to win startup funding.

The School of Management is contributing to the University at Buffalo's longstanding commitment to building healthier communities through a number of partnerships in health care management—from health analytics and operations to increased collaborations with the Jacob’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. The School of Management’s  growing portfolio of health care management offerings includes dual and collaborative degree programs in business and health (MD/MBA, DDS/MBA, etc.), an MBA concentration in health care management, an accelerated MBA program for graduate medical education residents and non-credit-bearing programs in health care management.

The UB School of Management is consistently among the top ranked business schools in all the major rankings—Bloomberg Businessweek, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report—and regularly maintains a position in the top 15-20 percent of this elite group.

The School of Management is located in the Jacobs Management Center and the adjacent Alfiero Center on UB’s North Campus in Amherst, N.Y. These facilities offer a complete home for management students, faculty and staff. Together, they are among only a few buildings at UB that co-mingle classrooms and offices, creating an interactive community of professionals, students and scholars.

The Jacobs Management Center serves as the primary academic and professional building for the School of Management. Designed in the early 1980s, the 81,000-square-foot building is located on UB’s North Campus and features three tiered classrooms, several computer and specialty labs, a brand new Undergraduate Learning and Community Center for tutoring and undergraduate instruction that features meeting space, two state-of-the-art recitation classrooms and a collaborative learning classroom, administrative and academic offices, and five conference rooms. The Jacobs Center and the adjoining Alfiero Center create a destination for management students to come for classes and stay for individual work, team meetings, career planning, professional development, research, activities, and contact with professors and staff.

Adjoining the Jacobs Management Center on UB’s North Campus, the Alfiero Center serves as the hub of student life at the School of Management. An architectural masterpiece of glass, brick, space and light, the three-story, 23,000-square-foot Alfiero Center is entirely student-focused. The center serves a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate student needs and houses the academic and career development offices that assist -more than 3,000 students enrolled in the School of Management. It also features three high-tech lecture halls, a suite of offices for student organizations, and multiple breakout rooms for student team meetings and group projects. Ubiquitous wi-fi connectivity gives management students around-the-clock access to business research and market data.


School of Management faculty are renowned for their outstanding teaching and research and are among the most experienced and knowledgeable instructors in the classroom.  Their research is frequently published in the top academic journals and textbooks of the field, and their expertise and advice is regularly sought by the business community and mainstream media. The school has approximately 80 full-time faculty, and there is the potential for additional faculty growth as a part of the UB 2020 plan. School of Management faculty also receive national and international honors for their scholarly contributions as well as inclusion among the SUNY Distinguished ranks—the highest academic rank in the SUNY system.


The University at Buffalo is actively implementing a long-range strategic vision—known as UB 2020—focused on pursuing sustained research and educational excellence, achieving greater efficiency across campus operations, and expanding the university’s engagement and impact locally as well as globally. The UB 2020 vision is focused on building academic excellence through investments in areas that have strategic societal importance and the potential for UB to excel. An important element of UB 2020 has been to increase the intellectual capacity of collaborative, cross-disciplinary faculty research teams dedicated to addressing the critical issues, ideas, and challenges facing the 21st century. UB’s strategic strengths initiative is the initial signature interdisciplinary research framework of the UB 2020 plan that brings together existing faculty expertise with investment in world-class new hires and resources that promise to give UB a preeminent leadership role for years to come in research that will transform lives and communities.

Realizing UB 2020 was launched in 2012 as the next evolution of the UB 2020 vision, building on the progress and momentum the university has achieved and using it as the springboard for taking the institution to the next level of excellence. Among the initiatives of Realizing UB 2020 is the Communities of Excellence program—multidisciplinary scholarly communities focused on large-scale societal challenges in the broadly defined areas of humanity, justice, environment, innovation, and health. Building on the successful cluster-hiring strategy employed through UB 2020, these Communities of Excellence form the basis for institutional investment in cross-disciplinary areas where the university has considerable research strength and tremendous potential impact, both regionally and globally.  Integrated with the traditional departmental structure, the Communities of Excellence provide a framework for participating faculty to leverage institutional resources, facilities, and research infrastructure across associated units in order to advance research that addresses vital societal problems on a profound scale. The first Communities were launched in the spring of 2015 and include: Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies (SMART); The Genome, the Environment and the Microbiome (GEM); and Global Health Equity. The School of Management is a direct participant in the SMART Community of Excellence and is expected to be involved as a partner in a significant number of future Communities of Excellence proposals.

As leading scholars in their fields, School of Management faculty members publish their findings in respected academic journals and serve in editorial positions for scholarly journals in their discipline. In 2012, faculty research expenditures totaled approximately $1 million. Faculty research and expertise is also often cited by mainstream media worldwide, including The Washington Post, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Time.

Listed below are the School of Management-based or affiliated research centers:

  • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership - The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to launch human potential, inspire innovation, produce jobs, and generate wealth. Advancing entrepreneurship is vital to invigorating the university, the surrounding community and the greater Western New York economy. The CEL provides an individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. Designed by entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs, the CEL is based on proven principles, centered on best and next practices, and backed by the thought leadership of the UB School of Management.
  • Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness - The UB School of Management’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness (CLOE) strives to create more effective leaders and organizations by advancing research and teaching in leadership and expanding its impact on organizational effectiveness.
  • Center for Relationship Marketing – The Center for Relationship Marketing is a leader in conducting scholarly research to identify marketing strategies to enhance corporate profitability through superior relationships with customers.


The comprehensive range of its academic portfolio, the expertise of its faculty, and the worldwide success of its graduates are the primary reasons for the School of Management’s acclaim. Today the educational reputation of the school spans the globe, and students at the school hail from all over the world.  UB was the first American university with a business school presence in China.  In any given class, a visitor to the school may find students from Buffalo or New York City sitting beside students from Asia or Germany as they listen to a professor who recently returned from teaching undergraduates in the UB-Singapore Institute of Management program, or IT executives in Bangalore, India.

In an increasingly global business environment, the diversity of the school’s programs and its international reputation help ensure that a UB School of Management degree is a credential that opens doors for its graduates at any business anywhere in the world.

At the undergraduate level, more than 2,800 students enroll annually in the school’s nationally regarded programs in business administration and accounting. Many of these students benefit from an Internship Program that is considered to be one of the best and largest in the country. Over the past several years, students and employers have rated their satisfaction with the internship program at 94% or higher.

With an enrollment of approximately 400 students, the school’s Master of Science programs offer in-depth study in a wide range of areas. Students obtain a focused graduate-level education to put them on the fast track to leadership positions in their desired management field. Listed below are the four MS programs offered by the School of Management:

  • MS in Accounting - The MS in Accounting program, together with an undergraduate degree in accounting, is a licensure-qualifying “registered program” with the NYS Education Department. The program enhances technical training and critical thinking skills while building expertise in specialized accounting areas that parallel areas of practice within most CPA firms.  Ninety-one percent of the May 2015 class was employed by graduation, with more than half accepting positions with Big 4 firms.  For the past four years, UB has had the highest CPA exam pass rate among the ten largest programs in NYS, and our students’ pass rate has exceeded both national and NYS averages on each of the four exam parts.  
  • MS in Finance – MS-Finance offers two tracks: Financial Management and Quantitative Finance. The financial management track aims to train students in becoming a better financial strategist and policy maker by enhancing their theoretical and analytical skills and knowledge of practical business applications. The quantitative finance track trains students in the valuation of existing complex securities and the design of new complex securities.
  • MS in Management Information Systems – MS-MIS trains students in the design and development of information systems, including Web technologies and applications, to run any IT-enabled business. The program is very competitive; enrollment has increased significantly from about 90 students in 2014 to over 120 in 2015, alongside qualitative parameters of the applicants such as standardized test scores and prior work experience and are comparable to some of the best MIS programs in the United States. Recent graduates have secured placements at Salesforce, Yahoo!, Merck, Ericsson, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • MS in Supply Chain & Operations Management – MS-SCOM trains globally competitive graduates for leadership positions in supply chain management, logistics, procurement, and manufacturing & service operations management. With a state-of-the-art curriculum and a new 40-station teaching laboratory, students have access to SAP/R3 ERP software supported by the SAP University Alliances Program in key courses. In order to provide our students with state-of-the-art, high-impact supply chain projects, we have partnered with several major local manufacturing firms (e.g., Moog Aerospace, Niagara Lubricant, Rich Products, and Harmac Medical Products).

The School’s PhD program, with approximately 60 students, is the premier management PhD program in the SUNY system and recruits students worldwide. These students choose from six majors: accounting, finance, management science and systems, marketing, operations management and strategy, or organization and human resources.  Recent graduates have accepted tenure-track faculty positions at major universities throughout the world (including The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and SUNY, Albany) and at leading consulting and research firms (such as The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, and Samsung Research Institute, S. Korea). 

With an enrollment of approximately 200 students for the 2014-15 academic year, the School of Management’s nationally ranked full-time MBA program has been preparing students for leadership positions in management since 1931. The school combines a foundation-building core with flexible, career-targeted electives along with the practice of learning at three levels—individual, study team, and cohort, as well as award-winning programs like LeaderCORE™ and Corporate Champions to provide an outstanding combination of business education and experience.    

Top executives from Western New York’s leading corporations benefit from the school’s MBA programs as well, through enrollment in the school’s dynamic Executive MBA program. Since its establishment in 1994, hundreds of business leaders have graduated from this intensive 20-month program, designed for the area’s most talented and experienced executives. The School of Management also offers an evening MBA program—the Professional MBA program—the most prestigious and least expensive part-time MBA in Western New York. The 33-month program is designed for businesspeople who possess at least one year of professional work experience. The Executive MBA program and the Professional MBA program bring an additional 200 MBA students to the enrollment profile of the School of Management.

Internationally, the school offers a bachelor's degree in business in Singapore in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Management and also offers a master's degree in IT-enabled services in Bangalore, India in partnership with Amrita University.

Current Total Enrollment in School of Management Graduate Programs

        Full-time MBA (includes all combined degrees) –                   247

        Executive MBA -                                                              ~60       

        Professional MBA -                                                           180

        M.S. Programs

        (Accounting – 65, Finance – 131, MIS – 122, SCOM – 21) -         339

        M.S. Program at Amrita University -                                     55

        Ph.D. Programs -                                                              57

In addition to credit-bearing programs, the School of Management provides innovative education and professional development programs for executives, professionals, and organizations through our Center for Executive Development (CED). The CED offers a host of non-credit-bearing trainings customized for companies and individuals. Such offerings include instruction in leadership, supervisory skills, marketing, lean manufacturing, project management, and many other areas. Programs can generally be tailored to fit the training needs of any organization. A wide and diverse array of organizations participate in CED training on an annual basis. The CED also oversees the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, which was created in 1987 to enhance the entrepreneurial talents of creators and managers of businesses and improve their prospects for growth.

Since 1930, the UB School of Management has been continuously accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Of the more than 15,000 business schools in the world, only 727 are accredited by AACSB. This prestigious accreditation is considered to be the hallmark of excellence in management education. The accounting program was accredited in 1985, one of only 181 programs in the country to achieve this level of recognition.

The School of Management is comprised of six academic departments:

  • Accounting and Law – Focusing on accounting, auditing, tax, public policy, and business law by providing top-notch conceptual and technical accounting skills, as well as training in communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Finance – Focusing on corporate finance, investment management, international finance, financial institutions, and financial modeling. Undergraduate, MBA, and MS finance students can enhance their educational experience by joining the Terese Kelly Investment Group, a student-run, real-money investment fund. The group educates finance students on the practical aspects of global capital markets while providing real-world learning experiences in investment management.
  • Management Science and Systems – Focusing on the application of computer related technology to address managerial opportunities. Teaching students the technical skills along with an understanding of business processes in order to enable them to design, develop, and use information systems to help organizations deliver better value to their stakeholders.
  • Marketing - Focusing on marketing research, product and brand management, retail and sales force management, consumer behavior, advertising and promotion, the department also houses the Center for Relationship Marketing.
  • Operations Management and Strategy - Focusing on two broad areas: supply chain and operations management, and strategic management (including entrepreneurship and international business). In supply chains and operations management, students learn to formulate strategies and effectively manage operations in a wide array of industries. Meanwhile, students in strategic or international management learn the complexities of international business partnerships and multinational operations.

Alumni Engagement

The School of Management’s more than 37,000 alumni represent one of the school’s greatest resources.  Nearly a quarter of the school’s alumni share their knowledge, experience and insights with students, faculty and other alumni in myriad ways and their financial support provides funding critical to the continued progression and success of the School of Management. 

Engaging alumni in the school’s academic programs and in the services that support the recruitment, satisfaction and success of students is critical to the school’s ranking and reputation as a top business school. Opportunities for student interaction with alumni and the business community is a strong  predictor of overall program effectiveness and student satisfaction. Over the past several years, faculty, staff and students have expanded the ways in which alumni are involved in the educational experience; this increase is reflected in benchmarking surveys of UB MBA student satisfaction with opportunities to engage with alumni and the business community.

School of Management alumni live and work in 79 countries throughout the world (among 240,000 total UB alumni).  About 1/3 of the school’s 37,000 alumni are in WNY with the next largest concentration in New York City and the surrounding area. As the first business program in China, the School of Management boasts a strong base of highly committed Chinese alumni; the growth of the school’s undergraduate programming in Singapore is quickly expanding the strength of the school’s alumni there.

Six advisory councils and board comprised of alumni and other members of the business community bring outside perspective and resources to the school

  • Accounting Advisory Council
  • Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Advisory Board
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Alumni Association
  • Center for Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness Advisory Council
  • Dean’s Advisory Council
  • LeaderCORE Alumni Advisory Council
  • Terese Kelly Investment Group Advisory Board


Some notable alumni of the School of Management include:

  • John R. Alm ’73, Retired President & CEO, Coca Cola Enterprise
  • Millard S. Drexler ’66, Chairman & CEO, J. Crew Group, Inc.
  • Jeremy Jacobs ’60, Chairman & CEO, Delaware North Companies
  • Mitchell S. Klipper ’79, CEO, Barnes & Noble Retail Group
  • Charles Narang MBA ’71, Chairman of the Board & CEO, NCI, Incorporated
  • Richard Osborne ’69, Senior Managing Partner, Madison Capital Partners
  • Robert Swan ’83, CFO, eBay Incorporated
  • Linda J. Wachner ’66, Former Chairman & CEO, Warnaco

Community Impact

The School of Management engages in a wide variety of public service activities that benefit the Western New York region and beyond. The contributions of faculty, staff, students and alumni expand the school’s community outreach through continued focus on its public service mission. These community engagement programs include:

  • Free Tax Preparation - Each spring, IRS-certified accounting students from the UB School of Management's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi provide free tax preparation services to qualifying individuals and families.
  • Minority High School Students Gain Accounting Career Insights - Each June, the School of Management and the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of CPAs collaborate to bring a five-day program, Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession, to minority high school students.
  • Teaching Teens Financial Responsibility - Thanks to the outreach efforts of the School of Management and M&T Bank, area high school teachers are now aware of MoneySKILL - a valuable web-based personal finance curriculum developed by Professor Emeritus Lewis Mandell to help students develop skills to make informed financial decisions.
  • Community Agencies Access Educational Technology - The School of Management helps community agencies reduce costs, extend their reach, and enhance their training and education programs using digital video technology at a reduced cost.
  • Western New York Prosperity Scholars - This 12-month academic scholarship funded by the Prentice Family Foundation requires an internship during which students focus on making a positive impact on the economic growth and sustainability of Western New York.
  • Cybersecurity Outreach Program - The Western New York Cybersecurity Workshop Outreach program, funded through a partnership with Time Warner Cable, educates area middle and high school students in Cybersecurity through live demonstrations and lessons on a variety of cybersecurity topics.
  • Student Clubs Make a Difference - In their commitment to serving others, School of Management student clubs take on a variety of volunteer projects to help make a positive impact in the community.
  • Corporate Champions Program - Each fall, first-year, full-time MBA students participate with area companies in a series of professional development activities including community service projects throughout Western New York.
  • Helping Small Business - The School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership works to enhance the talents and operating abilities of entrepreneurs in the Western New York community.
  • Management Volunteer Program – Coordinated by the Career Resource Center, students gain real-world experience through service learning, completing volunteer work with a nonprofit organization, as well as weekly written reflections and a final presentation.

The Role of the Dean

The dean is the chief academic and administrative officer of the school, reporting to the provost/executive vice president for academic affairs in the areas of inter-professional education, faculty research, and programs. The dean is responsible for providing overall leadership to the school to promote academic excellence and advance its national and international prominence in research, and graduate and undergraduate education.

Opportunities and Challenges

The successful dean will address the following Opportunities and Challenges that are central to the School’s future success:

Reinforce the School of Management’s engagement with the Buffalo and Western New York business communities and expand its geographic reach

The School of Management is a vital partner in the economic resurgence of Buffalo and Western New York. The dean will be the public face of the school, enhancing the school’s engagement with alumni and the Buffalo and Western New York business communities to inform curricula and program formation and engage support for the school. This increased engagement will include strengthening connections between the School of Management faculty and the business community, such as creating mutually beneficial experiential learning opportunities for students making use of both faculty and business leaders. The dean will also capitalize on the untapped potential for the School of Management community to partner with businesses in Canada, particularly in Toronto. The new dean will convert relationships into financial support for programs that enhance student outcomes and produce a quality workforce. 

Serve as a dynamic and energetic messenger to leverage enrollment growth opportunities and ensure student success

The school is facing a rapidly changing marketplace.  While the school’s programs continue to enjoy strong demand, the school is not immune to the nationwide enrollment challenges. The dean will find ways to increase and leverage resources to consistently maximize opportunities for enrollment in growth areas. He or she will work with faculty to develop programs and experiences that represent distinctive areas of excellence and differentiate the school in a competitive environment. Once students have matriculated, the dean will be present and approachable to them, ensuring that the proper support is in place to nurture students and enhance their opportunities for success. 

Foster interdisciplinary connections across the school’s departments and with other units of UB

The dean will highlight unique, differentiating features and accomplishments of individual programs in a way that encourages collaborations and advances the school as a whole. He or she will guide and work with the faculty in a collaborative way to identify places where the school’s departments can work together and excel. The dean will be a tireless champion for the school and communicate specific achievements and opportunities of individual units in the school.

While the dean’s central responsibility is the health and success of the school, he or she is also a leader in the UB community at-large, welcoming and seeking out ways to collaborate with other units for mutual benefit and to advance the overall strategic priorities of UB. Faculty from the school are integral partners in a wide variety of innovative research, education, and service initiatives with many of the other schools and colleges in the University. The dean will be an open and innovative partner with other deans and the University administration, working to further research and programmatic initiatives that cut across traditional boundaries to seize exciting new opportunities.

Develop innovative academic programs aligned with market needs

The dean will have a deep understanding of the nature of competition in business education and the ability to manage a portfolio of educational programs in response to that competition. He or she will put in place processes to continually evaluate the quality of educational programs, their relevance in the ever-changing market for business education, their financial sustainability, and their potential for revenue growth.

The dean will seek to make good programs better and accentuate programs that distinguish the School of Management from its competitors. In addition, he or she will lead initiatives to develop new programs that meet emerging opportunities, as appropriate, including programs in partnership with other units on campus. The dean will have a progressive mindset that allows for the exploration of programs that may not conform to existing academic structures, but that are tailored to market opportunities and the competencies students currently need in the workplace. 

Leverage the diversity of the School of Management community and distinguish the school as a campus exemplar of internationalization

The dean will inspire increased faculty and student involvement in international programs in which UB has long been a leader among U.S. universities. He or she will continue to support current cooperative degree programs with international institutions and will explore new partnerships as part of the process of developing new programs for the school. The school will take advantage of its international student body by remaining engaged with international alumni in different countries as a means to promote opportunities. The dean will foster the process of regularly reviewing and updating the international components of the School of Management curriculum to reflect recent changes in globalization at all levels - political, social, cultural, and economic. 

Develop, recruit, and retain excellent faculty and be a champion for high quality research

The dean will lead the school in actively recruiting outstanding research faculty and be committed to retaining the school’s best.  He or she will be attuned to market trends to make competitive offers to faculty in areas of growth for the School of Management, and will think creatively to leverage university-wide initiatives that support and encourage faculty. He or she is responsible to the provost for the recruitment, appointment, promotion and tenure of a diverse and distinguished faculty in the school. The dean will have experience in making thoughtful and fair decisions, and will work with the faculty through established guidelines to ensure the integrity of the processes, promote diversity within the faculty, and maintain the highest standards of quality.

Lead and champion advancement efforts for the school

The dean will be an energetic, enthusiastic and convincing advocate with alumni, corporate and other donors to broaden and deepen the school’s fund raising efforts.  Working closely with the university’s Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement, the dean will identify and articulate ways in which financial support will help ensure the school’s future success in research, attracting and retaining the best faculty, and making the School of Management a destination school for the most attractive students.  The dean will tell the story of the school’s exciting future in a way that engages alumni and the business community in New York State and around the world.


The School of Management seeks in its Dean a transformational leader with creative vision, extraordinary energy, integrity, and the personal qualities and professional profile to inspire and lead the School to new levels of excellence. The search committee understands that no single candidate may have all of the ideal qualifications, but prefers candidates with the following experience and abilities:


  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership in a distinguished academic or comparable setting, and the ability to persuade and engage others in the mission;
  • Proven experience in developing and executing a strategy that defines a distinctive school or program identity and articulating what differentiates that entity from its peers informed by a deep understanding of the competitive business school marketplace;
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate a clear, collegial vision and to engender support from both internal and external constituents in implementing that vision;
  • Proven capacity for building strong alliances and partnerships;
  • A record of academic accomplishment that demonstrates the ability to lead  and expand the school’s research and other educational program activities with distinction;
  • Proven record of resourcefulness in the management of budgets and human resources;
  • Ability to engage effectively with local, national and international corporations as well as government partners to strengthen the school’s and university’s central role in the creation of a strong, sustainable knowledge economy as part of Buffalo’s economic resurgence ;
  • Enthusiasm for working with alumni and other external groups; experience with and an appetite for fund raising;
  • The ability to recruit, motivate, inspire and retain talented and diverse faculty; provide strong support for their progress through promotion and tenure with processes that ensure clarity and integrity;
  • Be a champion for staff and demonstrate a commitment to supporting an inclusive community as a personal and professional value;
  • Experience with and commitment to transdisciplinary research and educational programs across the institution; ability to identify common interests, seek consensus and work collaboratively across schools and colleges;
  • An affinity for consensus-building and diplomacy and the ability to listen to, and be heard by, a wide variety of constituents;
  • A tech-savvy background and experience with innovative curricular content and delivery methods; 
  • An entrepreneurial mindset; an enthusiastic, collaborative, and even-keeled style; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. 

Nomination and application procedures

Additional information about the School of Management can be found at the school’s website, http://mgt.buffalo.edu/  or at the search website www.buffalo.edu/managementdeansearch.

Nominations and applications are now being accepted. Interested individuals should provide a curriculum vitae and an optional letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position. All nominations and applications should be sent electronically via e-mail (Microsoft Word or PDF attachments strongly preferred) to:

Dr. Gale D. Merseth, Vice President and Ms. Courtney Thomas, Associate
Consultants to the Search Committee
Isaacson, Miller



All materials and inquiries will be held in strict confidence until the final stages of the search, at which time the express permission of the finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. References will not be contacted without the prior knowledge and approval of the candidate.

Compensation for this position is highly competitive. It is anticipated that the dean will begin service by the start of the 2016-17 academic year. Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until a dean is appointed.

The University at Buffalo is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.