With Ted Snyder stepping down as dean of Chicago Booth tomorrow (June 30), the university has announced that it is has not yet reached a decision on the appointment of a new dean. However, the statement to faculty says that the dean search is in its final stages and a further announcement is expected by the end of July.

The announcement also says that the three deputy deans - Stacey Kole, deputy dean of the full-time MBA programme, Mark Zmijewski and Richard Leftwich, deputy dean for faculty - will step up to run the school in the interim.

The business school rumour machine will now work overtime as the move suggests that the school will look outside its own faculty to appoint the next dean, though most of the names tipped for the job have been internal candidates.

Prof Snyder announced in December last year that he was to step down at Chicago Booth and was subsequently appointed to the dean’s job at the Yale School of Management, a role he will take on in 2011.

Chicago Booth is the last of the three big brand US business schools to name its new dean - Harvard and the Kellogg school at Northwestern University, Chicago’s neighbour, have both appointed new deans in recent months. In Europe, Insead, Oxford’s Saïd business school and the Judge Business School at Cambridge University are all conducting dean searches.


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