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New Dean appointed at Cass Business School

Professor Marianne W Lewis joins from University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business

by Sophie Cubbin (PR and Communications Manager)

Marianne LewisProfessor Marianne W Lewis has been announced as the new Dean of Cass Business School, City University London.

Professor Lewis, currently Professor of Management and Associate Dean at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, has over 20 years’ experience in international business research and education and has been Associate Dean at the Lindner College of Business since 2006.

She will lead Cass Business School and become a member of the University’s Executive Committee.  Cass is among the global elite of business schools with over 4,000 students and more than 35,000 alumni.  84% of Cass’s research was rated as being of world-leading or internationally excellent quality in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, placing it among the top six in the UK.  Professor Lewis will assume the role of Dean early in the autumn term.

Welcoming the appointment, Professor Sir Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor of City University London said:

“I am delighted to welcome Marianne to our University.  She is an innovative academic leader and talented communicator and stood out from a field of exceptional candidates from around the world.  Her strong commitment to educational quality, combined with international levels of research excellence and close partnerships with the business world are an excellent fit for us as Cass consolidates its position among the world’s leading business schools.”

Professor Lewis said:  

“I am very excited to be joining Cass Business School.  Cass has a buzzing, vibrant energy which is fuelled by its momentum, people and place.  Its momentum is highly evident in the positive direction of key indicators from its research assessment to student enrolments. The people I have met are exceptionally capable, dedicated and driven.  They strive for excellence and envision even greater potential for Cass.”

Professor Lewis will join Cass as Dean-Elect at the end of the summer and will work initially alongside the current Dean, Professor Steven Haberman, who has had three very successful years as Dean of Cass and, previously, ten years as Director and Deputy Dean.  

Professor Haberman said:

“Cass is in a very strong position in terms of the quality of its programmes, the standing of its research, its external engagement with business and the professions and the calibre of its academic and professional staff.  I am very proud of what the School has achieved in recent years and I believe that Marianne is well-placed to continue this success. She has an excellent academic background, a strong understanding of business and a genuine appreciation for what makes Cass a unique place to work and to study.  I look forward to working with her in the coming months”.

Graduating in Business Administration from Tusculum College, Tennessee in 1989, Professor Lewis completed her MBA in 1991 at Indiana University.  She obtained her PhD in Management from the University of Kentucky in 1997 and joined the Faculty at the University of Cincinnati shortly after.  She was a visiting Fellow at Keele University in 2000 and as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar spent time at Cass in 2014. 

Commenting on her time as a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Lewis said:

“Not only did I meet tremendous Cass faculty, but I saw the power of Cass in London as an intellectual hub, engaging researchers from the UK, as well as across the EU and North America.  My subsequent visits confirmed that this pattern of passionate researchers and committed supporters reached beyond Cass into City University London and outwards to alumni and external partners.”  

Professor Lewis’ research considers management and organisational behaviour as well as innovation and entrepreneurship.  In 2000, her paper, Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award.  Her work has appeared in other leading journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Operations Management and Human Relations.

Commenting on how she intends to continue her research and collaboration while Dean, she said: “I am most looking forward to building partnerships - within Cass, across City University London, within the London community and across an international network: partnerships that can harness the potential of Cass Business School.”

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