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IU provost announces search committee for new dean of Kelley School of Business

<p>A student walks through Hodge Hall on March 30, 2021. IU Provost Rahul Shrivastav has appointed a committee to search for a new dean for IU’s Kelley School of Business.</p>

A student walks through Hodge Hall on March 30, 2021. IU Provost Rahul Shrivastav has appointed a committee to search for a new dean for IU’s Kelley School of Business.

IU Provost Rahul Shrivastav has appointed a committee to search for a new dean for IU’s Kelley School of Business. Chaired by Anastasia Morrone, dean of the IU School of Education, and comprised of faculty, staff and students, the committee will attempt to find a suitable dean to replace the interim dean, Ash Soni. 

Soni was appointed as interim dean this June after the previous dean, Idalene Kesner, announced she would step down in July to resume teaching at the business school. 

While this search committee will identify candidates for the new position, appointment to this position is likely dependent upon the IU Board of Trustees’ final say. This approval was also required when Kesner was appointed

The process of forming committees to identify potential candidates has been used by IU before – the search for the new president was subject to this same process. However, that search was mired in some controversy, with the final candidate not chosen from the search committee’s recommendations. 

The Kelley School of Business is a top-ranked school for business in the U.S., and Shrivastav has made it clear that the direction the business school takes is important.

Related: [Kelley, School of Education earn number one rankings for degree programs and specialties

“It is hard to overstate the importance of the Kelley School to Indiana University — as well as to our partners here in Indiana, across the country, and all over the world,” he said in a statement for the Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President.

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