Woo named new dean for the College of Business Administration

Author: Dennis Moore

Carolyn Woo, currently associate executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of management at Purdue University, has been named the new dean of the University of Notre Dame’s College of Business Administration, according to Nathan O. Hatch, the University’s provost.

Woo, who will assume her duties this August, will occupy both the Martin J. Gillen deanship of the college and the newly-established Raymond and Milann Siegfried Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies. She will succeed John G. Keane, who will continue in the college as Korth Professor of Strategic Management after serving as dean since 1989.

Woo will become the second woman dean of a college at Notre Dame. She currently would be the only woman business dean at a private university and one of only nine women deans of accredited U.S. business colleges. As associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue since 1995, Woo has played a leading role in strategic planning at the university and has coordinated the continuous improvement program for all schools and departments. At the same time, she has continued both to teach and to direct doctoral students in the Krannert Graduate School of Management and to pursue her current research, into the transformation of businesses to total quality organizations, under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

“Carolyn Woo is an ideal fit for the role of academic administrator at Notre Dame,” Hatch said in announcing the appointment. “She is a much-honored teacher, a highly regarded scholar, and has a strong sense of the unique role that ought to be played by a Catholic business school. We are delighted to have her join us.”

A native of Hong Kong, Woo was educated there through secondary school by the Maryknoll sisters. She is the holder of three degrees from Purdue, beginning with a bachelor of science degree in economics, conferred with honors and highest distinction in 1975.

Woo was awarded a master of science in industrial administration degree and named a Krannert Scholar in 1976 and earned her doctorate, in strategic management, in 1979.

Woo joined the Purdue faculty in 1981, earning promotion to associate professor in 1985 and to professor in 1991. She served as director of professional M.S. programs in the Krannert graduate school from 1993-95. Woo won Purdue’s Salgo-Noren Award for outstanding teaching in the master’s program in 1987 and received honorable mention for the award in1985, ’86 and ’89. She also ranked as “top instructor” in various executive education programs each year from 1991-4.

Within the overall area of strategic management, Woo’s specific interests include entrepreneurship, technological innovation, and corporate and competitive strategy analyses. She has published widely on these and other topics and has received numerous “best paper” awards in recognition of her research. She has served on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly publications, including the Journal of Management, the Journal of BusinessVenturing, and the Strategic Management Journal. She is a member of theStrategic Management Society and the Operations Research Society of America and served as president of the Business Policy and Planning Division of the Academy of Management. She has engaged in consulting for a number of corporate and other organizations including Eli Lilly, General Electric, Motorola, Pratt and Whitney, and the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Lafayette, Ind.

Woo and her husband, David Bartkus, have two sons, Justin and Ryan. Founded in 1921, the College of Business Administration is Notre Dame’s second largest college with some 2,000 students and 100 faculty in four departments—accountancy, finance and business economics, management, andmarketing. The college offers regular and executive MBA programs and a master of science in administration program, and has received University authorization for a doctoral program. The college in 1995 occupied a new,$25-million, 153,000-square foot building complex that incorporates the latest in teaching technology. The Executive MBA distance learning program, housed in the Naimoli building of the complex, recently was named the best in higher education by the U.S. Distance Learning Association.


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