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Rutgers Business School in New Jersey has announced the appointment of Michael Cooper, a private equity specialist, as incoming dean. He will take up the position on June 1, replacing acting dean Rosa Oppenheim who will resume her position as associate dean for faculty and research.

Mr Cooper has 25 years of experience in senior executive positions in market research, marketing services, management consulting and technology companies. In 1999 he became chairman and managing partner of Cooper Interests, which he founded to provide private equity investments and business strategy consulting to start-up and growing businesses.

In the academic world, Mr Cooper was founding dean of the Executive Leadership Institute in 2002 and was associate dean of the Howe school of technology management at the Stevens Institute of Technology, also in New Jersey. He previously taught at Suffolk University graduate school of business in Boston.

He earned his doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Ohio State University in 1972 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.

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