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April 19, 2016


American University Community

FROM: Scott A. Bass, Provost

John T. Delaney, Dean of the Kogod School of Business


After an extensive national search and consideration of a highly qualified pool of finalists, I am delighted to share that John T. Delaney has been named Dean of the Kogod School of Business, effective July 18, 2016.

John T. Delaney is a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also served from 2006 until 2015 as the Henry E. Haller, Jr. Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and the College of Business Administration.  During his deanship, the school achieved enhancements on many key metrics. For example, enrollment increased by over 20%. Student quality, as measured by undergraduate and graduation admissions test scores, improved. Through systematic efforts, greater diversity was achieved among students, faculty, staff, and members of the school’s Board of Visitors. Alumni engagement was expanded through increased programming across the U.S. and abroad, which in turn generated stronger student pipelines and alumni donations.

Significant financial resources were generated under his leadership. Annual fundraising increased from $1.7 million annually to an average of $6.2 million per year from FY 2013 to FY 2015, and the school’s $50 million capital campaign goal was surpassed a year ahead of schedule.  This increase in resources allowed Delaney to expand the faculty, renovate facilities, and provide new faculty and student support.

Reputational enhancements followed these outcomes. Since 2011, the Katz MBA program rose 37 points in the U.S. News & World Report index. The Poets & Quants website named Katz the “most improved” MBA, the Economist magazine ranked the MBA #1 in the U.S. for return on investment, and the Financial Times listed the MBA as #1 for salary gain.

In addition to his successful administrative work, Dean Designate Delaney is a noted scholar and teacher, awarded for being an outstanding professor and for providing meritorious service. He is nationally recognized for his writing on negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations, authoring or co-authoring six books and reports along with almost 75 articles, many in peer reviewed journals. He has given expert testimony to the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources Subcommittee on Labor. Sought out by the media, he has lent his expertise to The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS News, The Financial Times, andNational Public Radio and wrote a monthly blog on the Huffington Post.

Delaney earned a B.S. degree from LeMoyne College and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois. He held faculty positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, University of Iowa, and Michigan State University before joining Pitt. At Iowa, he also served as Director of the Industrial Relations Center, University Ombudsperson, and Chairperson of the Department of Marketing. At Michigan State, he served as associate dean for MBA Programs.

His success at stimulating curricular innovations and enhancing student satisfaction at Iowa, Michigan State, and Pitt gives him a strong understanding of the nature and focus of a business school seeking to balance research and practice.

Dean Designate Delaney clearly understands the changing environment faced by business schools and the special opportunities that exist for urban schools willing to differentiate themselves. Drawing upon this knowledge and his accomplishments as dean, I am confident that John Delaney will take Kogod to the next level. AU is fortunate to have attracted a leader with his great record of success.  Please join me in welcoming him to AU.

As the search process concludes, I would like to thank Search Committee Chair Jeff Harris and the following committee members who provided guidance throughout the selection process:

Augustine Duru
Lia Epperson
Sally Fowler
Heidi Friedrich
Gwanhoo Lee
Tomasz Mroczkowski
Cristel Russell
Andrew Toczydlowski

Finally, as we approach the transition in the KSB dean’s office, I am indebted to Interim Dean Erran Carmel for his service. Erran’s leadership over the past two years has extended KSB’s reach and enhanced its position, allowing AU to attract an outstanding pool of candidates interested in serving as the next dean. Please also join me in thanking him for his contributions to KSB.