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Alison Davis-Blake is to step down as dean of the Ross school of business at the University of Michigan when her term of office ends in 2016. At that point she will have been a business school dean for 10 years, five years at Michigan Ross and before that five years at the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.
Prof Davis-Blake says she is hoping to take up a broader university role, such as provost or president.
The decision by Prof Davis-Blake to announce her departure a year in advance, was to ensure there was enough time to recruit a replacement, she says.
Also, she says she felt it was the best approach given that the institution was in the middle of a huge capital campaign. “It is very difficult to look [prospective] donors in the eye and ask them to invest in the university and you when you have one foot out the door. This is much fairer.”
During Prof Davis-Blake’s deanship, Ross is expected to raise more than $400m. This includes a second $100m gift from Stephen Ross, after whom the school is named.