Simon Business School selects next dean

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 5/2/2014 2:42:20 PM

The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester has tapped a leader of the UCLA Anderson School of Management as its next dean.

The school announced on Friday the appointment of Andrew Ainslie to the post.

Ainslie was named the seventh dean of the school by Joel Seligman, UR president. The appointment has been approved by the university’s board of trustees and takes effect after current Dean Mark Zupan’s term ends June 30.

“I am delighted that Andrew Ainslie has accepted this appointment. He has had an outstanding career at UCLA Anderson School of Management,” Seligman said. “He will be an outstanding dean. He is a creative and dynamic leader in business education.”

Ainslie has been senior associate dean of the full-time MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management since 2010, overseeing admissions, student services and career placement.

During his tenure, the UCLA school increased admissions more than 60 percent and grew placements by more than 20 percent, while revising its curriculum.

“Andrew Ainslie has had practical experience in multiple phases of business,” said Edmund Hajim, chairman of the UR board of trustees. “His emphasis is on faculty quality, admissions and career placement. He should be a great fit for Simon.”

Ainslie has a business background as an electrical engineer for AECI Ltd. (South Africa), in sales and marketing for Hewlett-Packard Co. (South Africa), in corporate finance with Standard Merchant Bank and in marketing and development for Compustat, UR officials noted.

Ainslie said he is excited for the opportunity to lead the Simon School.

“The Simon Business School has an incredible history,” Ainslie said. “It has been at the forefront of an analytic, rigorous approach to business from its inception, and today the business community is just beginning to understand the importance of that approach. I am delighted to take on this opportunity.”

Zupan, who was named dean in 2004, plans a sabbatical after which he will return to Simon School as the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy and director of the Bradley Policy Research Center.
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