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Dean Edward A. Snyder

FROM THE EDITOR
Edward A. Snyder Becomes Dean of Chicago GSB

In our last issue of Chicago GSB, we highlighted the international search for the GSB's next leader. In May, the quest was over. After considering more than 200 potential candidates, the dean's search committee unanimously recommended Edward A. Snyder, who joined Chicago GSB as dean on July 1.

Snyder, who had served as dean of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia since 1998, is no stranger to the University of Chicago. He earned two degrees from the university: a Ph.D. in economics in 1984 and an M.A. in public policy in 1978. In 1991 and 1992, he was the John M. Olin Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Chicago's George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State.

"My own educational experience at Chicago, with its unrelenting focus on truth and the power of ideas, was transformational," Snyder said. "I am delighted to return to Chicago and again be a part of its special community."

When asked what he considers most important, Snyder said, "I want to do all that I can to sustain and strengthen the GSB faculty, who have a special role in setting the academic standards for management education worldwide."

As dean at Darden, Snyder directed the first expansion of the school's M.B.A. program in 23 years, increased the diversity of the student body, led a successful fundraising drive that included a record $60 million gift from a single donor, and significantly increased the school's executive education revenue. But Snyder is "not just a figurehead or money-raiser," according to the 2001 edition of the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. The publication noted that Snyder likes to spend time with students to gain feedback on programs and to get reactions to changes he already has made.

Before becoming Darden's dean, Snyder was a faculty member at the University of Michigan business school. There, he also served as senior associate dean with direct responsibility for faculty matters and professional degree programs. He also was the first director of the Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, which focuses on such emerging markets as India, China, and central Europe.

Look for Snyder's first Letter from the Dean in an upcoming issue.

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