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Current/Past Deans

Current dean: Stefanie A. Lenway

Stefanie A. Lenway, who has 30 years of experience as a business researcher and university administrator, became dean of the Eli Broad College of Business in July 2010. She previously served as dean of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration (2005-2010). During her tenure at Illinois, she worked to brand the business college around entrepreneurship, innovation and international partnerships. Lenway spearheaded the launch of the UIC International Center for Futures and Derivatives, which aims to link connections between financial markets in the United States and China. She also played a prominent role in the creation of the UIC Innovation Center, a multidisciplinary undertaking between the colleges of Architecture and the Arts, Business Administration and Engineering. Lenway has also served as an administrator and faculty member at the University of Minnesota (1984-2005) and as a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis (1981-1984). She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Past deans

Elvin C. Lashbrooke

Elvin C. Lashbrooke became interim dean of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in July 2008. Lashbrooke served as dean of the College of Business at University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1997-1999 and as associate dean of the Broad School from 1993-1997 and again from 1999-2001. He also served as director of Study Abroad and e-Learning Initiatives in MSU-CIBER after leaving the Dean’s Office. He is currently the director of the Summer Business Program at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge in England. He received his PhD in Finance from Michigan State University.

Robert B. Duncan

Robert B. Duncan became dean of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management in January 2002. He was formerly the Richard L. Thomas Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. At Northwestern, he served as provost from 1987-1992, and served as the chief academic operating officer responsible for the university’s budget, educational policy, academic planning and faculty personnel issues. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and served as its president in 1983. He received his PhD from Yale.

Donald J. Bowersox

During 2001, Donald J. Bowersox served as interim dean of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University. He received his doctorate from Michigan State University and was a graduate of Lansing Eastern High School. He was a leading expert on logistics and supply chain management issues and consulted for numerous Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies. He also lectured and taught logistics internationally in more than 20 nations. Bowersox authored more than 150 articles on marketing, transportation and logistics and was author or co-author of 13 books. He was a recipient of the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award and the College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a founding member and the second president of the Council of Logistics Management and received the Council’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2002, Bowersox was the first-ever recipient of the Broad School Alumni Association’s Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award.

James B. Henry

James B. Henry served as dean of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University from 1994 through the end of 2000. He was formerly the director of MBA programs at the University of South Carolina College of Business and served as dean of the College of Business at Louisiana State University. During his service to the Broad School, he oversaw the groundbreaking for the college’s James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, the Lear Corporation Career Services Center, and the William C. Gast Business Library. Henry a doctorate in finance, accounting and economics from Syracuse University.

Richard J. Lewis

Richard J. Lewis served as dean of the Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University from 1974-1993. Lewis received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his doctoral degree in business from Michigan State University in 1964. Lewis served as founding dean of the business school at the University of Nigeria when Michigan State University established it in 1966. In 1967, he was Michigan State University’s consultant to the Institute of Social Science at The Hague, Netherlands, and he returned to MSU as assistant to the dean of the Michigan State University International Programs. Once he became dean of the Michigan State University College of Business and Graduate School of Business Administration, he helped design and implement new programs for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business management. Lewis was also instrumental in establishing the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University. He is a past president of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, and he had served as president of Beta Gamma Sigma honorary society two times.

Kullervo Louhi

Kullervo Louhi served as dean of the College of Business and the Graduate School of Business Administration at Michigan State University from 1970-1974. Louhi received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in business administration from the University of Chicago. He also received a Certified Public Accountant certificate from the State of Illinois. He was formerly associate dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. When Louhi began his deanship, the business was not a popular major, but by the time he left, the College of Business was at record levels of enrollment, alumni support, and faculty productivity. Also during his time as dean, Louhi oversaw the planning of the Management Education Center in Troy, Mich.

Alfred L. Seelye

Alfred L. Seelye served as dean of the College of Business and Public Service at Michigan State University from 1958-1969. Seelye received his doctoral degree in business administration from Indiana University. As dean, he oversaw the establishment of the Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Business Administration programs. He also reorganized the college to incorporate a more concentrated focus on business, creating the College of Business and the Graduate School of Business Administration. Seelye initiated the Advanced Management Program, which provides continuing education to business executives. In 1966, he helped the school co-sponsor the first annual Detroit Management Conference (now known as the Detroit Broad Executive Forum). Also during his time as dean, Michigan State provided assistance in the development of business administration education in foreign countries such as Nigeria, Turkey, Thailand, and Brazil. Seelye resigned as dean to become Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Wolverine Worldwide, Inc

Herman J. Wyngarden

Herman J. Wyngarden served as dean of the College of Business and Public Service at Michigan State University from 1949-1958. Wyngarden received his doctoral degree from the University of Michigan in Economics. Under his leadership, the school was separated into two divisions, the Division of Business and the Division of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management. He also oversaw the accreditation of the business administration program and the gaining of the formal status of a college.

Dorsey R. Rodney

Dorsey R. Rodney served as the first dean to lead the School of Business and Public Service at Michigan State University from 1944-1949. After a major reorganization, this division was created combining business, hotel, administration, police and public administration, and social service programs. Before this time there was no official “School of Business” at Michigan State. The university had, however, been offering business related majors since 1922. Rodney was a graduate of West Point and had served as a Colonel in the United States cavalry. His appointment as dean was a sign of the times and was a reflection of the involvement of Michigan State University in the War Training Program during World War II.


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