Syracuse’s Eugene “Gene” Anderson today (May 26) was named the new Henry E. Haller Jr. dean of the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration. Anderson’s new role becomes effective August 1. He also joins the Katz School as a full professor.
Anderson has been dean of the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University since 2017. Before that he was dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration from 2011 to 2016.
It’s a homecoming for Anderson, a Pittsburgh-area native. He replaces Arjang Assad, who announced his intention to step down as dean last September and return to the Katz School faculty. Assad became Katz’s dean in 2015.
‘A PASSION FOR STUDENT & ALUMNI SUCCESS’
Anderson was chosen after a national search and brings impeccable scholarly credentials to the Katz deanship, says Ann Cudd, University of Pittsburgh provost and senior vice chancellor. She notes that before ascending to the deanship at Miami, Anderson began his academic career at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he was D. Maynard Phelps Professor of Business and also held a series of leadership roles, including senior associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for degree programs, and academic director for the Ross Executive MBA program.
“At Michigan, Gene gained a deep understanding of what it means to be a world-class business school at a great public research university in the 21st century,” Cudd writes in a message to the Katz community. “Dean roles at Syracuse University and the University of Miami provided Gene with the experience of leading a community in pursuit of a vision; building a culture of research, teaching and operational excellence; igniting innovation in educational and research programs; increasing resources and fundraising results; enhancing diversity and inclusion; and improving reputation and rankings.”
Cudd writes that Anderson “shared with me — and with the search committee — his passion for student and alumni success; high-impact research and education; diversity and inclusion; and the potential for business schools to advance the economic, social and overall health of communities worldwide.” In his administrative roles, she adds, “he has collaborated with faculty and staff to launch more than three dozen new degree programs — a majority of which are interdisciplinary or online/hybrid; revised existing programs to be more global, experiential and relevant; and significantly enhanced enrollments, diversity, placement, research support, fundraising, revenue and rankings.”
MORE THAN 43,000 GOOGLE SCHOLAR CITATIONS FOR ANDERSON’S WORK
Anderson is a highly respected scholar whose research on customer satisfaction and business performance has been published in all four premier academic marketing journals, Cudd writes, on all of whose editorial boards he has served. In a recent study, she adds, three of his papers ranked among the Top 50 most impactful articles on research and practice.
Overall, Anderson’s work has received more than 5,000 Social Sciences Citation Index citations and over 43,000 Google Scholar citations.
“Gene’s strong strategic leadership and commitment to serving and advocating for students, faculty, and the broader community make him an excellent fit for our University and for Katz and the College of Business Administration,” Cudd writes.