May 30, 2014
This year, three long-standing business school deans announced they would step down. Paul Danos, dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, has been in his role for 19 years. Mark Zupan has been dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business for 10 years, and Bob Bruner has led the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia for nine. Deanships that long are rare. The B-school deans at the 62 MBA programs ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek have been in their roles for a median four years.
As they prepare to depart, taking with them nearly four decades of combined experience, we asked deans Danos, Zupan, and Bruner about how their thinking has evolved when it comes to business schools, MBA students, and fundraising, along with some of their less-dean-like pursuits. The following dialog, conducted via e-mail, has been edited for length and clarity.
Bloomberg Businessweek: What advice do you have for your successor?
Danos: Keep the quality of the student experience at the center of your strategy, continuously improve the faculty with additions of world-class thought leaders dedicated to student learning, and carefully monitor the fast-changing world of business education...