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October 16, 2013

Dean Mark Zupan to ‘pass the baton’ when term expires

Mark Zupan
Mark Zupan

Mark Zupan has notified President Joel Seligman that he will serve as dean of the Simon School until June 30 when his term expires and then take a year’s sabbatical.

Seligman thanked Zupan for “a magnificent job” and announced that after Zupan’s sabbatical he will become the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy and director of the Bradley Policy Research Center at Simon.

“When he arrived, the Simon School faced a ‘perfect storm’ with a combination of significant declines in MBA and executive MBA enrollment and a nonsustainable endowment draw,” Seligman said. “Mark deserves great credit for reversing the fortunes of Simon’s MBA program, building several successful new master’s programs, and achieving our target endowment draw now for several years running.”

Zupan became dean of the Simon School in 2004, after serving as dean of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration since 1997. During his tenure, the school has achieved record enrollments with students from nearly 60 countries, the faculty has grown, new professorships have been added as part of The Meliora Challenge campaign, and several curricular innovations have been introduced.

In a letter to the Simon School community, Zupan expressed his gratitude for those who helped the business school grow and succeed during his leadership.

“Educational institutions are as close as one can get to the proverbial fountain of youth, and having had a decade to stay young at heart through interacting with so many talented, ambitious, innovative, and caring individuals as the dean of the Simon School is a gift that I will always cherish,” he wrote.

Seligman will chair the dean search committee to select Zupan’s successor.

Read Zupan’s and Seligman’s statements at

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