Search Committee: Dean of School of Management

Published January 20, 2022

Dear University Community:

I am pleased to share that the search for the next dean of the School of Management is now underway. Kemper E. Lewis, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will serve as chair of the search committee. Under Dean Lewis’s leadership and with the support of the search committee, I am confident that the search will be a great success.

Composed of faculty from the School of Management, as well as other UB and community members with relevant professional interests and expertise, the search committee includes:

  • Keith A. Alford, Dean, School of Social Work
  • Gwen S. Appelbaum, Assistant Dean and Director of the Frank L. Ciminelli Family Career Resource Center, School of Management
  • Kee Chung, Louis M. Jacobs Professor of Financial Planning and Control, Finance, School of Management
  • Micheal Dent, Professor, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gregg S. Fisher, Founder and Portfolio Manager, Quent Capital; Chair, Dean’s Advisory Council, School of Management
  • Malkijah Griffiths, MBA/MPH Student, School of Management, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Emily Grijalva, Associate Professor, Organization and Human Resources, School of Management
  • Feng Gu, Professor and Chair, Accounting and Law, School of Management
  • Graham Hammill, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School
  • Arun Lakshmanan, Associate Professor, Marketing, School of Management
  • Alan J. Lesse, Associate Professor, Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Jeffrey J. Piscitelli, Executive Director of Advancement, School of Management
  • Natalie Simpson, Associate Professor and Chair, Operations Management and Strategy, School of Management
  • Sanjukta Das Smith, Associate Professor and Chair, Management Science and Systems, School of Management

We have secured the services of Russell Reynolds Associates to assist the university in recruiting the best possible candidate. Dr. Jett Pihakis will be the principal from the firm working on this search. Dr. Pihakis has significant experience in recruiting leaders to UB at the cabinet, decanal and department chair levels.

I am grateful to the members of this search committee for their service and support in recruiting an outstanding individual for this important leadership position. The committee will begin their work this month and conclude by the end of the spring semester.

Throughout the coming months, Dean Lewis will update the campus community regarding the search progress. Information will also be available on the search website.



A. Scott Weber                                                                                      Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs