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University of Minnesota begins search for Carlson School of Management dean

August 23, 2011

University of Minnesota Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Thomas Sullivan has launched an international search for the position of dean of the Carlson School of Management.

Sullivan has appointed Mary Nichols, dean of the university’s College of Continuing Education and professor in the Carlson School’s Department of Strategic Management & Organization, to chair the search committee. The vice chair will be William Van Dyke, former chair of the board of Donaldson Company, Inc. and past chair of the Carlson School Board of Overseers.

Other search committee members are:
•    Ravi Bapna, professor, Department of Information & Decision Sciences
•    Bruce Beckman, finance director, General Mills, and former chair, Carlson Alumni Board
•    Mark Bergen, professor, Department of Marketing & Logistics Management
•    Lynn Casey, chair and CEO, Padilla Spear Beardsley
•    Reatha Clark King, former president and executive director, General Mills Foundation
•    Judy Corson, co-founder, Custom Research Inc.
•    Patricia Frazier, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
•    Frank Gigler, professor and chair, Department of Accounting
•    Andrea Gorman, undergraduate student, Carlson School
•    Mary Maus Kosir, assistant dean, Undergraduate Programs, Carlson School
•    James Lawrence, CEO, Rothschild North America, and member of the Carlson School Board of Overseers
•    Uriah Melchizedek, MBA student, Carlson School
•    Christopher Nachtsheim, professor and chair, Department of Operations & Management Science
•    Jeffrey Noddle, retired executive chair, Supervalu Inc., and chair of the Carlson School Board of Overseers
•    Myles Shaver, professor, Department of Strategic Management & Organization
•    Raj Singh, professor and chair, Department of Finance
•    Mary Zellmer-Bruhn, associate professor, Department of Work & Organizations

The search committee aims to develop as rich and diverse a candidate pool as possible and will invite both nominations and applications for the position once the position announcement is completed. The search process will take place during the fall and winter with the goal of naming the next Carlson dean in March.

“Having consulted with university President Eric Kaler as well as those within and beyond the Carlson community, including local business leaders, we all agree that the Carlson School’s new dean must continue and expand upon its excellence, great momentum and exceptional progress,” Sullivan said.

Currently, professor Sri Zaheer is serving as the interim dean of the Carlson School.

About the Carlson School of Management
Established in 1919 and based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the highly ranked Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research. Its focus on experiential learning, international education and maintaining strong ties to the business community exemplify the school’s commitment to excellence. About 2,186 undergraduates and 2,550 graduate students attend the school. To learn more about the Carlson School, go to

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