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Karen Newman resigns as Daniels College of Business dean

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Karen Newman

University of Denver Chancellor Robert Coombe announced today that Karen Newman, dean of the Daniels College of Business, has resigned effective June 30. Newman will take a one-year leave of absence before joining the faculty as a full professor in the college’s Department of Management beginning in September 2008.

Newman, a Colorado native, was named dean in spring 2005. Previously, she was dean of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in Virginia from 1999–2005.

“Dean Newman’s leadership has been critical to the Daniels College of Business at a time of transition, one that saw the college vigorously step up to a position from which it can become one of the truly great business schools in the U.S. and the world,” says Coombe. “We are all grateful to her for the intellect, creativity and determination that she applied to her work as dean, from which we know many current and future DU students will benefit.”

“The Daniels College of Business has made progress on many fronts during my time at the college, and I’m very pleased with the success we’ve enjoyed,” Newman says. “After a total of eight years as a dean, I want to reconnect with my passion for research and teaching, which I will do for the next year before returning to the Daniels faculty.”

Marketing Professor and former Dean Bruce Hutton will serve as interim dean until Newman’s replacement is named. Over the summer a committee will be formed to begin a national search for the new dean.

During Newman’s tenure, undergraduate enrollment at Daniels increased from 1,878 students to 2,246 while graduate enrollment increased from 916 to 955. In addition, the college has introduced the “Daniels Compass” — required graduate courses designed to shift students’ thinking about who they are and how business operates in a changing landscape. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal ranked the college third in the world for producing graduates with high ethical standards.

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