What’s in a name? Plenty, if your last name is “Dean.” Last week UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School named Professor James W. Dean, Jr., as its new dean, pending approval by UNC’s Board of Trustees. The appointment is expected to take effect August 1.
Dean has been at Kenan-Flagler since 1997, serving as a professor of organizational behavior and strategy. His work focuses in the areas of leadership, organizational change, strategic decision making, international management, and organizational performance improvement. He has also served in multiple leadership roles at the school, including Associate Dean of Executive Development, Associate Dean of the MBA Program, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affiars.
Dean succeeds Steve Jones, who had been dean of the school since July, 2003.