The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will have a new leader next year. Last week, the Michigan Daily reported that Dean Alison Davis-Blake has announced her departure from her current position. In a university-wide email, Davis-Blake explained that she will step down at the end of her term in 2016, leaving the spot open for interested candidates. She began her deanship at Ross in 2011 after serving as dean for five years at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and she was the first female dean appointed at both schools. In her email, Davis-Blake explained that she wishes to focus on“broader issues in professional and liberal education.”
The Provost’s Office will assemble a search committee to select Davis-Blake’s replacement.Whether her successor will come from within or outside the school remains to be seen. Perhaps Ross will even mimic the global approach of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where Aussie Geoffrey Garrett was appointed dean in 2014.