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Interim Dean of Ross School Announced

3/8/2011 --

Gene Anderson will head up the school this summer until new Dean Alison Davis-Blake arrives.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Eugene (Gene) Anderson, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Ross School of Business, will serve as interim dean of the school, effective July 1 to Aug. 21, 2011, pending approval from the University of Michigan Board of Regents.

Alison Davis-Blake, current dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, was announced last month as the new Edward J. Frey Dean of the Ross School, effective Aug. 22, 2011.

Anderson is the D. Maynard Phelps Collegiate Professor of Business Administration and professor of marketing at Ross, where he has taught since 1989. Appointed senior associate dean for academic affairs in 2010, Anderson is responsible for all tenure-track and supplemental faculty affairs, provides leadership and direction for all degree programs, and participates broadly in all aspects of leading the Ross School.

In 2009, he was appointed academic director for action-based learning and currently oversees all experiential, field-based learning programs at Ross. From 2002 to 2007, Anderson served as associate dean for degree programs, and from 2000 to 2002, he was the academic director of the executive MBA program.

"Gene's service to the Ross School has been extensive and he has been deeply involved in almost every major change in the school over the past decade," said Phil Hanlon, U-M provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. "He oversaw the design and launch of the executive MBA program, successfully led the revision of the core curriculum of the full-time MBA program, collaborated with other schools at Michigan to launch a number of joint degree programs, and has guided the Ross School's efforts to consolidate its leading position in action-based learning at the MBA and undergraduate level."

Anderson received bachelor's and master's degrees in business administration from the University of Illinois and earned his Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Chicago in 1989. His research focuses on customer satisfaction as a business performance metric and his teaching interests include action-based learning, marketing management and marketing strategy. He has served on the editorial boards of several academic marketing journals and has consulted with various corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit and government organizations.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 647-1847,