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The dean of York University’s Schulich School of Business, Dezsö Horváth, has been reappointed for his sixth consecutive term at the helm of the Toronto-based school he has led since 1988.

One of the world’s longest serving business school deans, Prof Horváth’s next term – starting in July 2013 – will extend his tenure until 2016. Should he complete this period, it would represent a deanship longer than Donald Jacob’s remarkable 26-year tenure (1975-2001) as dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Prof Horváth’s stewardship has overseen many significant developments at the school, not least its relocation in 2003 to the $104m Seymour Schulich Building – named after the school’s benefactor. Notable among his tenure’s achievements have been the launch of the successful Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA – ranked 11th in the FT EMBA Ranking 2011 – and of the Schulich MBA in India, launched in partnership with the SP Jain Institute of Management and Research in 2010.

The Hungarian-born Prof Horváth joined the school in 1976 as a visiting professor from Sweden, where he had completed his MBA and PhD at the University of Umeå.

In other dean news, this week Daniel Muzyka of the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, stepped down after 13 years in the top job. Robert Helsley, a former associate dean at the Sauder School, is to return as the school’s new dean on July 1, after four years at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

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