Idie Kesner
Idie Kesner: "I like to find creative ways to resolve challenges and take advantage of opportunities"

Idie Kesner has been appointed dean of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, a role she has held as interim dean since October 2012. She succeeds Dan Smith, who left after seven years as dean to become president of the Indiana University Foundation, the university’s not-for-profit fund-raising corporation.

The first woman to be appointed dean of the business school, Prof Kesner joined the Kelley School in 1995, having previously taught at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof Kesner received both her MBA and PhD from Indiana.

Though the Kelley schools teaches the traditional portfolio of undergraduate and graduate business degrees, it is particularly well-known for its online MBA, which has around 1,000 enrolled students.

Separately, at the Rotman school at the University of Toronto, Peter Pauly has been appointed interim dean from July 1, 2013 for a one-year term or until a new dean is named. Currently vice dean in charge of academics, he will replace Roger Martin, whose tenure comes to an end this year.

Prof Martin will continue at Rotman, working with researchers at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think-tank that investigates the role of sub-national factors – location, place and city-regions – in global economic prosperity.

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