Dean Anand Steps Down at End of Term
The Smith School’s Dean G. “Anand” Anandalingam will step down at the end of
his five-year term on June 30, 2013. He plans to pursue leadership in the area
of innovation and entrepreneurship in partnership with institutions worldwide.
“The Smith School has accomplished some remarkable things during a very
difficult time for the local, national and global economy,” says Dean Anand.
“I’m proud of the progress we have made, and look forward to making further
contributions to the school’s success.”
Dean Anand already had an impressive academic resume when he came to the
Smith School in 2001 after 14 years with the University of Pennsylvania, with
numerous publications, awards and honors. He became dean in 2008 with the goals
of strengthening the school’s educational offerings, increasing students’ global
competencies, and increasing the school’s intellectual reach.
During the course of his tenure, Dean Anand pursued initiatives to improve
the student experience and better connect the school with outside audiences,
including business leaders, policy makers and the media. The MBA program was
redesigned to incorporate experiential learning through an integrated “Smith
Experience.” The undergraduate curriculum was redesigned to significantly reduce
class sizes in core courses and incorporate ethics and social responsibility
throughout. The Smith School also launched several specialized Master of Science
programs in Finance, Supply Chain Management, Information Systems and Marketing
Global citizenship was an important initiative for the Smith School. More
global learning opportunities were created. Global study trips and international
consulting projects were structured to provide relevant and challenging
educational experiences, and global issues were woven throughout the curriculum
at all levels.
The Smith School also expanded its activities in innovation and
entrepreneurship through the Dingman Center. The prestigious Cupid’s Cup
Business Competition was expanded to attract national participation. New
entrepreneurship activities were started in China in partnership with Peking
University and in Israel in partnership with the Technion.
Dean Anand launched new research centers to better connect practitioners and
policy makers with Smith thought leadership, including the Center for Social
Value Creation, the Center for Financial Policy, the Center for Leadership,
Innovation and Change, and the Center for Health Information and Decision
Systems. Faculty research continued to be ranked in the top 10. The Smith School
was rated as a top-20 business school for media mentions.
Under his leadership and with the support of the Smith family, the Office of
Career Services was expanded and renovated, and 16 new staff members were hired.
The placement statistics for both undergraduate and MBA students reached new
heights. The PhD program started to place students as faculty members in places
like Harvard, UCLA, Rice, Peking University and ESADE.
Alumni engagement has also increased. The school launched four regional
alumni clubs—in New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Beijing, China —to
create more networking and engagement opportunities. Working closely with the
Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Dean Anand restructured the Board of
Advisors to incorporate more diversity of gender, ethnicity and experience. The
school surpassed its goal for the University of Maryland’s Great Expectations
capital campaign, raising more than $110 million to support scholarships,
facilities and faculty recruitment.
These efforts have cemented the school’s place as a top-tier institution.
Smith was ranked No. 24 in the 2012 BusinessWeek rankings—which also
rated the school as No. 2 in student satisfaction, No. 2 in career services, and
No. 2 in teaching.
A global search is underway to find the replacement for Dean Anand.
About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.
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