Ashok Subramanian was selected as the dean of the W.A. Franke College of Business (FCB), effective July 13.
Students were informed that Subramanian accepted the position March 30 in an email addressed to the student body from the Office of the President.
According to the email, Subramanian previously served as the dean of the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith College of Business, where he also held the position of Joel R. Stubblefield Endowed Chair of Business. Subramanian holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and physics from the University of Bombay, a master of business administration from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Houston.
"We were impressed with Dr. Subramanian's 16 years in senior academic leadership in higher education, his extensive business consulting experience, and his solid record of scholarship," said Diane Stearns, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
The Office of the President noted a strong interview as a factor in the hiring decision, referencing Subramanian's ability to align with the FCB's academic vision. This interview also demonstrated Subramanian's clear understanding of the changing landscape in higher education.
"I am optimistic about the future of business education," Subramanian said. "As the higher education sector transforms rapidly, institutions that have the courage and culture to question traditional programs and processes will have enormous opportunities to grow and thrive. Traditional academic disciplines must adapt their content and pedagogies to a rapidly changing global economic and social environment."
Editors note: This story was updated April 16 to correct a statement. The story previously stated Ashok Subramanian came from the University of Arkensas' Sam M. Walton College of Bussiness. This has been corrected to the University of Arkansas — Fort Smith College of Business.