As part of the restructuring of BPP, the UK for-profit professional training company, Chris Brady is to step down as dean of the business school. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Roland Kaye, former dean of the the business school at the UK’s Open University and emeritus professor at the University of East Anglia.
Until his appointment as interim dean, Prof Kaye was a member of BPP’s academic council.
One of the most well-known and innovative business school professors in the UK, Prof Brady was both a semi-professional footballer and MBA director at Cass Business School in London before becoming dean of BPP Business School in December 2008. The company, which was awarded degree-awarding powers in 2007, was acquired by the US Apollo Group in 2009.
Apollo’s University of Phoenix is the world’s biggest supplier of online MBAs. However, for-profit degree providers in the US such as Apollo have come under scrutiny recently because of fears that their graduates are not as employable as those from traditional brick-and-mortar institutions.
At degree level BPP Business School runs a raft of masters degrees and an MBA as well as two undergraduate degrees in business and a third in accounting. It also teaches professional qualifications in marketing and personnel management.