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Professors Besanko and Magee named to new associate deans positions


7/1/2001 - Distinguished Kellogg school professors David Besanko and Robert Magee have been named associate deans for academic affairs, a position previously held by one person. Kellogg’s new dean, Dipak Jain, who held this position for five years, announced this change.

“Our goal is to be the benchmark MBA school for academic excellence, and with David and Bob joining me to create the ‘Office of the Dean’ we are moving in the correct direction. Both of these scholars bring their own extensive and unique leadership skills in research, teaching, publishing of books, cases and academic papers to the office. They are very well respected by their faculty peers, students, and alumni, which is an important plus for these positions,” said Dean Jain.

Besanko will be responsible for MBA curriculum and teaching. He is the Alvin J. Huss Distinguished Professor of Management and Strategy and is one of the Kellogg school’s highest rated teachers. He is co-author of Economics of Strategy, a widely used textbook on strategic management and competitive strategy used in MBA courses around the world. He also has published more than 35 articles in leading professional journals in economics and business.

Magee will be responsible for faculty and research. He is the Keith I. DeLashmutt Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information and Management and a popular teacher in all the Kellogg school MBA programs. He is the author of Advanced Managerial Accounting and co-author of Efficient Capital Markets and Accounting. Magee has published more than 25 articles in accounting journals and served for three years as editor of The Accounting Review. In 1999 he received the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award and in 2000 the Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator Award.

Both Besanko and Magee have been awarded the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award and the Chair’s Core Teaching Award at the Kellogg school. “Kellogg is extremely fortunate that David and Bob have accepted these administrative responsibilities in addition to their teaching,” said Dean Jain.