Mike Page is to quit his job as dean of post-experience programmes at RSM Erasmus, in the Netherlands, to move to the American east coast as dean of business at the McCallum graduate school at Bentley College, in Massachusetts. Prof Page will take up the position at Bentley on May 1.
Prof Page’s departure follows several years of re-organisation at Erasmus, which included the absorption of the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), which taught the MBA programme and executive short courses, into Erasmus University. The moves culminated last December in the announcement that George Yip, director of research and innovation at Capgemini Consulting and former deputy dean at London Business School, would become dean of RSM Erasmus, which combines the RSM graduate school with the undergraduate and masters departments in the university.
Prof Page, a South African, is one of Europe’s best-connected deans, both in the academic and the corporate worlds, and was instrumental in developing RSM as a player in the corporate executive education market. He was also responsible for expanding the international profile of RSM by developing partnerships in Asia, and North and South America as well as Europe - an expertise which will be highly valued by Bentley as it seeks to develop an international reputation.
Bentley College enrols 4,250 undergraduate and some1,400 graduate students a year and has been slowly building its international profile over the past decade, often through strategic appointments. Provost of Bentley College is Bob Galliers, former dean of Warwick Business School in the UK.
“Mike has a stellar background in international business that is precisely the kind of leadership we need to guide us in our next phase of growth and development,” says Gloria Cordes Larson, president of Bentley College. “He is energetic and pragmatic and will be a key contributor to our academic team.”
Prior to his appointment at Rotterdam in 2001, Prof Page was a finance professor at the graduate school of business of the University of Cape Town. He was originally trained as a civil engineer and after graduating served in the South African Navy. He earned an MBA from the University of Cape Town in1986 and a PhD from the same university in 1993.