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The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management has chosen its second female dean in a row, the only top-ranked business school to make such a choice. Internal candidate Srilata Zaheer, professor of global corporate social responsibility, will take up the dean’s position pending approval by the university’s Board of Regents.

The announcement of Prof Zaheer’s pending appointment was made on International Women’s Day. She has been interim dean for the past nine months, and will succeed Alison Davis-Blake, who became dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in July 2011. Prof Zaheer has worked at the Carlson school since 1991 and specialises in teaching international strategy and cross-cultural management, in executive programmes, the MBA and the undergraduate programme.

Karen Hanson, University of Minnesota provost, described Prof Zaheer as “a rare combination of someone who is renowned for her insights on international business, highly regarded for her understanding of the global and local businesses that drive the Minnesota economy, and acutely aware of the needs of the Carlson School as it continues to educate the world’s current and future business leaders”.

Unusually for a business school appointment, the university has announced the salary of the next dean. Prof Zaheer will earn $480,000, of which $270,000 will be paid for with private funds from the Elmer Andersen Chair, which Prof Zaheer will continue to hold, and the Leadership Distinguished Chair, which was created to support the deanship.

Prof Zaheer has an undergraduate degree in physics from Madras University, a masters level degree from IIM Ahmedabad, both in India, and a doctoral degree from MIT Sloan.


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