UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Continuing to serve

James W. Dean, Jr.

UNC Kenan-Flagler dean James W. Dean, Jr. made the following announcement:

As many of you know, I recently had the review that comes during the fifth year of a dean’s term. Based on this review, I have been asked by Provost Bruce Carney and Chancellor Holden Thorp to continue serving as your dean.

I am honored by this expression of support, especially because their decision is based to a significant extent on feedback from you, the UNC Kenan-Flagler community. I look forward to continuing to serve you in the role of dean and of being part of this wonderful community.

We have accomplished a lot together over the past few years. We have continued to attract to the school very strong students, faculty and staff, and to do an extraordinary job of teaching, research and outreach to the community. Our graduates continue to do well in their job searches and in their careers, and to serve the school generously with their talents and financial resources.

Our leadership development initiative is gaining international prominence, and we will continue the march toward being recognized as the best business school in the world for leadership development. In addition, our research continues to have an impact on academic thought and business practice.

We have raised our international profile through new initiatives in China, India and Brazil, and through the creation of MBA@UNC. Going forward, we will continue to expand our global footprint while exploring initiatives to stay on the cutting edge of the vast potential technology offers to support higher education.

In short, we continue to enhance our reputation as one of the world’s best business schools. The new clarity and energy we are bringing to marketing the school can only accelerate our progress in this area. We will continue to communicate to the business world that we shape principled leaders who drive extraordinary results for both the bottom line & the greater good.

One technicality to note is that deans don’t have defined terms; we are reviewed every five years. I have not been asked to serve for another five-year term; instead I have been asked to continue serving as your dean.

As we begin a new year, I want to thank all of you for making the school and the overall UNC Kenan-Flagler community such a wonderful place to learn, teach, study and lead.‚Äč