Roger Huang, interim dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, has been named dean of the college.
A professor of investment management at Notre Dame since 2000, Huang was appointed interim dean last year when Carolyn Woo became president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services.
“Roger is an internationally respected scholar who during his time at Notre Dame has proved to be an equally accomplished leader,” University President Rev. John Jenkins said in a statement. “His reputation in his field, administrative experience, strategic perspective and commitment to Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic research university are extraordinary. I look forward to working closely with him as we continue to build a superb business school that serves the greater good.”
Notre Dame’s Mendoza School had the best rankings year of any top 25 business school on Poets&Quants’ 2012 list of the top full-time MBA programs. The school moved up three places in 2012 to finish 24th, up from 27th a year earlier.
Huang was selected over a full slate of candidates. “Our search committee reviewed the credentials and interviewed numerous outstanding candidates with impeccable credentials,” said Thomas G. Burish, university provost, in a statement. ” Though his colleagues recommended Roger from the outset, as the interim dean he felt it best to remove his name from consideration to ensure the integrity of the process. But, as time went on, the committee felt increasingly sure that Roger was the best candidate for this position. We are delighted that he accepted our invitation to become a candidate and, ultimately, accepted our offer.
“On both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Mendoza is widely recognized as one of the strongest business schools in the nation, and we are fortunate to have someone as able as Roger in our midst to lead us forward.”
Huang joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2000 after previously teaching and conducting research at Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, MIT and Purdue University. Prior to becoming interim dean of Mendoza, he served for three years as its associate dean and for eight years as chair of the college’s Department of Finance.
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to assume the deanship of the Mendoza College of Business,” Huang said. “I am inspired by the vision of the founder of the business school, Cardinal John O’Hara, who said that the primary function of commerce is service to mankind. This vision sets the Mendoza College apart from other business schools, and I look forward to furthering our vision of business as a powerful force for good.”
As interim dean, Huang recently finalized a partnership between Notre Dame and one of China’s most prestigious universities to offer a graduate business program designed for Chinese students planning careers in nonprofit organizations. The program, which is scheduled to begin in May, is a collaboration between Notre Dame’s Master of Nonprofit Administration and Renmin University in Beijing. It is the first such international degree program for Mendoza.
Huang’s areas of research expertise are international financial management and financial market microstructure. The author or co-author of some 50 journal articles, he currently teaches a course on global finance in Mendoza’s Executive MBA Program and a multinational financial management course in the MBA Program. He has received the Arnie Ludwig Outstanding Teacher Award from theEMBA Program.
Huang has received research grants through the years from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, New York Mercantile Exchange, Atlantic Bank and Prudential. In addition to teaching, research and administration, he has served at Notre Dame on the Provost’s Advisory Committee, the Provost’s Committee on Recruiting Outstanding Catholic Faculty, and the Provost’s Task Force on Asian Studies.
Huang earned his doctoral and master’s degrees from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University.