Carlson School Dean to Leave Post, Go to Michigan

Alison Davis-Blake, who has been dean of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management for almost five years, will leave her post this summer to lead the University of Michigan's business school.

The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management will lose its leader this summer.

Dean Alison Davis-Blake recently accepted a position as dean of the University of Michigan's business school-a move that will take effect on August 22.

Davis-Blake has served as Carlson School dean since 2006. In her role, she is responsible for working with the school's 135 full-time faculty and 220 staff members in an effort to achieve academic excellence. She's also tasked with building relationships with the school's outside partners, including benefactors, alumni, and corporations.

The U of M said Tuesday that it will release more information in the coming weeks about the search process to find a replacement.

“During nearly five years at the Carlson School, [Davis-Blake] has led it to an enhanced national reputation and global footprint, including a significant expansion in undergraduate enrollment, record levels of private fundraising, and substantive increases in both faculty and research infrastructure,” U of M Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost E. Thomas Sullivan said in a statement.

In a University of Michigan news release, Davis-Blake said that the college's Ross School of Business “has long been among the top business schools in the country and the world,” adding that “its action-based learning approach is a unique niche that sets it apart from other business schools.”

The Carlson School of Management, founded in 1919, offers eight degree programs and boasted more than 5,048 students in fall 2010. The school's MBA program is the largest in Minnesota, with 2,194 enrollees in fall 2010.