Kelley Prof Wins Wisconsin Deanship

Anne P. Massey will become the new dean of Wisconsin Business School

The Wisconsin School of Business named a veteran professor at rival Kelley School of Business at Indiana University as its new dean. The school today (March 23) announced that Anne P. Massey, 56, who holds the title of dean’s research professor of information systems at Kelley, will succeed François Ortalo-Magné, who will depart Madison this summer to become dean of London Business School.

In gaining the deanship, Massey won over two other publicly announced candidates for the job from the University of Miami School of Business and the College of Business at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Gene Anderson, a marketing professor at Miami, and Raj Echambadi, who helped to bring to market Illinois’ pioneering online MBA program with Coursera, had both wanted the job and presented on campus for it.

Massey, who is also an associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs, will assume her new role at UW-Madison on Aug. 7. The announcement concludes a search by a 17-member search and screen committee chaired by Terry Warfield, a professor of accounting and information systems.


She will lead a school, whose full-time MBA program is ranked 30th in the U.S. by Poets&Quants, up two places from a year earlier. Wisconsin Business School boasts an annual budget of $69 million, about 80 tenured and tenure track faculty, 220 professional staff and 40 university staff.

“I am truly honored to have been selected as the next dean for the WSB,” Massey says in a statement. “I am quickly learning how exceptional the university and WSB are, thanks to a combination of its people and principles. The school has a strong portfolio of academic programs, top quality students, an outstanding group of nationally recognized faculty and dedicated staff. Coupled with its supportive network of donors, alumni and friends in the business community, I believe the WSB is poised to reach new heights, and I’m thrilled to be a part of those efforts.”

She received a doctorate in decision sciences and engineering systems, master’s of science in industrial engineering and bachelor’s degree in management, all from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.


“This is a pivotal moment for business education, including WSB and the communities it serves. We have the potential to lead efforts to overcome disciplinary boundaries. In doing so, the WSB and UW–Madison can help develop better solutions to real problems — solutions found only at the intersection of different thought worlds,” Massey says. “At their very best, deans facilitate and leverage the opportunities and accomplishments of others. It is in this sprit that I look forward to working with faculty, students, staff, and alumni to advance our deeply important mission with a shared sense of urgency and purpose.”

Her research focuses on technology-driven innovation processes and strategies, and the role of information technology, including most recently enterprise social media and 3D virtual environments, on team performance. She has received research funding and support from industry as well as institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Anne’s experience lead the Wisconsin School of Business as its next dean,” says UW-Madison Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf in a statement. “Her passion for innovation and forward-thinking research will inspire students and build upon the school’s success.”

Massey has been recognized throughout her career for excellence in teaching, receiving the IU Board of Trustees’ Distinguished Teaching Award and Kelley’s MBA Distinguished Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, and has been recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as an Outstanding MBA Faculty Member.

François Ortalo-Magné has been dean since 2011.

Questions about this article? Email us or leave a comment below.