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Timothy L. Smunt Selected as Next Lubar School Dean

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Timothy L. Smunt has been named as the fifth dean of the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. He will join the Lubar School on August 15.

Dr. Smunt is professor of management and Sisel fellow in operations at Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management, where he has been a faculty member since 1995. He was American Council on Education fellow for 2005-06 at the University of Chicago, and recently served as associate dean and as associate dean for faculty at the Babcock School.

“Dr. Smunt is an outstanding addition to the senior leadership team at UWM,” said Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago. “Our expectation is that the School will continue its upward trajectory and play a leadership role in developing entrepreneurship, business acumen, managerial skills, and technological development in the commercial arena. His academic and research experiences are certain to connect well with the campus and the wider community.”

 “Tim has the experience, drive and administrative acumen to lead UWM’s Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business in implementing our research growth agenda,” said Rita Cheng, UWM provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “From the input I’ve received from within the university and from community stakeholders, I am confident that he will succeed in working with faculty, staff and students to meet the business school’s strategic goals concerning innovative academic program delivery and development, increased extramural funding and a high-quality student experience.”

Before his role as associate dean in the Babcock School, Dr. Smunt was the area coordinator for the Operations Management and Quantitative Methods faculty group and served as vice president and president of the Wake Forest University Senate. He recently served as vice president–meetings for the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS); as vice president, of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI); and as treasurer and director of development and corporate relations for Midwest DSI.

Dr. Smunt’s research interests lie in service operations productivity, process design, re-engineering, learning-curve theory and international operations. He teaches in the area of operations management, including courses on business process management, technology management and international operations.

He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from Indiana University (1981) and his M.B.A. from the University of Missouri–St. Louis (1978). He has a B.S. in Industrial Management from Purdue University (1976).

Timothy Smunt succeeds V. Kanti Prasad, who will return to the faculty as Bostrom Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and faculty director of the International Business Center after serving as dean for the last eight years.