U of M to Interview Four Finalists for Carlson Dean

The first of four public interviews will feature Randall Peterson, deputy dean of faculty and professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School.

The University of Minnesota said Monday that the pool of candidates for dean of the Carlson School of Management has been narrowed to four finalists.

The school will conduct public interviews of the four finalists, and it began Monday with Randall Peterson, deputy dean of faculty and professor of organizational behavior at the London Business School. According to the London Business School's website, Peterson holds a Ph.D. in social and organizational psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and he was previously on the faculty of Northwestern University and Cornell University's S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

The remaining three interviews will be conducted on February 2, 6, and 13. The names of the candidates who will be interviewed on those dates have not yet been disclosed-they will be made public about 48 hours ahead of each interview.

Each candidate will make a public presentation at Carlson's 3M Auditorium in Minneapolis, which will be followed by an open question-and-answer session.

The university in August hired executive search firm Korn/Ferry International to assist a search committee-which includes many prominent Minnesota business leaders-in the selection of the next Carlson dean. Former Dean Alison Davis-Blake left the school in August to serve as dean of the University of Michigan's business school. Sri Zaheer was named interim dean during the search process.

“President Kaler and I are thankful to the search committee for fielding a rich and diverse group of finalists,” Provost-designate Karen Hanson said in a statement. “We encourage the university community as well as our friends and partners in Minnesota's business community to attend the interview forums and join us in support of the continuation and expansion of the Carlson School's excellence in teaching and research.”