Arizona State University today (Nov. 15) announced that Ohad Kadan would become the new dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, effective July 1, 2022. Kadan is currently the vice dean for education and globalization and a professor of finance at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Kadan, who has been at Olin for nearly 20 years, was recruited after what the university called an “intensive national search.” He joined Olin as an assistant professor of finance in 2002 after earning his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. In addition to his current role as vice dean, a post held for the past three years, Kadan had been chair of the finance area at Olin from 2015 to 2018 and associate dean for global degree programs for a year until 2018.
He takes over the role from Amy Ostrom, a professor of marketing who has served as interim dean since January of 2021. “It has been an honor to serve the school through this period of transition, and I am equally honored to hand the reins over to Ohad. He will be an excellent steward of our school, pushing us to achieve new heights while staying committed to our values of excellence, integrity, impact, and community.”
Ostrom succeeded Amy Hillman, who had a highly successful run as dean since 2013 and returned to the faculty in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. Hillman led the Carey School through a period of tremendous growth, including the addition of McCord Hall, the launch or reconceptualization of 20 new academic programs, a tripling in the number of U.S. News-ranked programs and disciplines and the raising of a $150 million capital goal as part of the university’s campaign.
“I am thrilled to be joining W. P. Carey and ASU and am looking forward to the continued growth of an already outstanding school,” said Kadan in a statement. “One of the things that most excites me about W. P. Carey is our commitment to inclusive access to world-class business education.”
‘I AM EXCITED TO LEAD THE SCHOOL’
Kadan joins W. P. Carey during a crucial period for higher education. “W. P. Carey prides itself on channeling ASU’s spirit of innovation and rethinking what’s next in business education,” he said. “I am excited to lead the school into emerging areas, while never losing sight of our commitment to student success and cutting-edge research.”
In his current role, Kadan oversees the Olin Business School’s undergraduate, graduate, and global programs, as well as Olin’s Center for Digital Education. An award-winning researcher and educator, his research covers different aspects of liquidity, information, risk, and incentives in financial markets, and his work regularly appears in top academic journals in his field. As vice dean, he has spearheaded the introduction of multiple innovative programs with an emphasis on values, data, global orientation, and multidisciplinary collaboration.
W. P. Carey has continued this pace of growth — increasing enrollment by 8% in fall 2021 — and offering new degrees in Los Angeles at the ASU California Center. “W. P. Carey is already leading business education into new frontiers. I’m honored to join that movement and continue to guide the school through a period of educational transformation,” said Kadan.