Connecticut dean to lead Krannert School of Management

July 14, 2011

P. Christopher Earley

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – P. Christopher Earley, dean of the University of Connecticut School of Business, will be the new dean of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management.

Earley has held his current position since January 2008. Prior to that, he was dean of the National University of Singapore Business School, chair of organizational behavior at London Business School in England, and Randall L. Tobias Chair of Global Leadership at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

"Dean Earley will be a dynamic and visionary leader for Krannert," said Purdue President France A. Córdova. "He brings academic and business acumen that will help our students succeed in a global economy. His international experience, in particular, will help the school in developing a relevant and important global mission. He will strengthen the Krannert School's attractiveness to students and scholars."

Earley will begin at Purdue during the fall semester. His appointment is subject to Board of Trustees' approval.

"It's with tremendous pride and enthusiasm that I take on a leadership role at the Krannert School of Management," Earley said. "Not only is Krannert an integral part of one of the world's leading research universities, but the school also has a global presence and recognition that provides its students and alumni with knowledge, experiential learning and talent for critical thinking.

"As we move forward, our focus will be on individuals who are not only adept at the social and cultural challenges of the global marketplace, but who are also critical thinkers able to tackle the most complex financial, operational and strategic global business problems."

Earley's academic interests include cross-cultural and international aspects of organizations. He has held visiting professorships at universities in China, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Czech Republic and Israel. He also has taught executives and consulted for companies in Europe and Asia, including Nestle, Cisco Systems Inc., Samsung, General Motors, Unilever, BAE Systems, Mercury Asset Management Corp., and Eli Lilly and Co.

As dean at Connecticut, Earley created an experiential learning community outreach program focusing on social innovation that includes joint activities involving students, faculty and organizations such as Special Olympics International and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. He also doubled international partnerships.

Earley is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Management. He is author or co-author of 10 books and more than 100 articles and book chapters exploring issues ranging from motivation and leadership to global teams.

"The search committee was fortunate to have been able to review an exceptionally talented pool of candidates for this position," said Jeffrey Roberts, dean of Purdue's College of Science and head of the search advisory committee. "Among the candidates, Dean Earley was notable for the vision he articulated for Krannert as a global leader in management and economics education and research, and for his strategy for raising the visibility and stature of Krannert locally, nationally and internationally."

Earley fills the vacancy created when Richard Cosier stepped down as dean last summer. Cosier continues as Leeds Professor of Management and co-director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

Jerry Lynch, professor of economics and academic director of Krannert's master's and executive education programs, is serving as interim dean.

Writer:  Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu  

Sources:   France A. Córdova, president@purdue.edu  

                    Timothy Sands, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, 765-494-9709, tsands@purdue.edu

                    P. Christopher Earley, earley08@gmail.com