Terry C. Blum, dean and Tedd Munchak chairholder of Georgia Tech College of Management, announced that she will resign from the deanship, effective June 30, 2006. She has led the Georgia Tech College of Management since the summer of 1999, when she replaced Lloyd Byars.
After leaving the deanship, Blum will remain on the faculty, creating and directing the new interdisciplinary Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship for the university. "I'm looking forward to the next phase of my career," says Blum, who joined the College of Management in 1986.
Among her most notable accomplishments as dean to date were: changing the MSM degree to a MBA degree, leading the design and move of the college into their signature facility at Technology Square, hiring 60 percent of the college's high quality faculty, and considerably improving the college's ranking in such publications as Forbes, The Financial Times of London, BusinessWeek, and U.S. News and World Report.
"Terry provided leadership at a very important time for the college," says Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough. "Among a number of notable accomplishments, I think that she did an excellent job in leading the college across the connector and into a more visible profile at Technology Square. The quality and sophistication of that space will help tremendously in continuing to recruit outstanding faculty, students, and staff."
When Blum became dean in 1999, she broke ground as one of the first women deans of an academic college at Georgia Tech and one of the very few women deans of a major business school. In addition to being a professor, she previously served as the director of the college's Center for Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development (1996-2000). She was named to the Tedd Munchak chair in entrepreneurship in 1996, making her the first woman at Georgia Tech to be awarded an endowed chair.
"As dean, Terry has accomplished what she set out to do six years ago," said Provost Jean-Lou Chameau. "She focused on improving the faculty, raising enthusiasm and support for the new business school building, increasing our global presence and improving external recognition of the technology-focused MBA program. She stabilized and improved the College and I'm very appreciative of her efforts."
The College of Management will begin the search process immediately with the goal of selecting a new dean by the time Blum officially steps down.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to lead the College of Management during this exciting time of change and growth," says Blum. "We have accomplished a great deal over the last six years, some of it obvious and some of it more subtle. However, I'm ready to return to my research and teaching, and intend to focus on interdisciplinary approaches to leadership and entrepreneurship. I look forward to helping a new dean take over the leadership of this great college. Like all strong organizations, the best years lie ahead for the College of Management, and I look forward to continuing to contribute to that future. My success as dean will be determined by how well my successor does in leading the college to new heights."
Blum has researched and published extensively on topics related to innovation and technology transfer in health services related to behavioral health care, an area of increasing importance in innovation strategy. She serves on the NIH Center for Scientific Review panel Community Influences on Health Behavior. In 1998, she co-received a Whitaker Foundation special opportunities grant (1998-2001) to develop and implement a curriculum in entrepreneurship and innovation for graduate students in biomedical technology and life sciences reflecting her interests in technology transfer and value creation. This curriculum has since been expanded to include students from all of the engineering, science and computing disciplines. The business plan competition that began in 2000 has succeeded in launching five start-up companies that have attracted almost $5 million in grants and investment, with three more start-ups expected from this spring's competitors.
Blum currently serves as an advisor or director for several entrepreneurial endeavors including: Stanford's Roundtable on Engineering Entrepreneurship Education; MedShare International, a not-for-profit venture that recycles medical equipment and unused supplies and distributes them to international health care providers in emerging economies; Georgia Tech's GATV, a not-for-profit organization for accelerating the infrastructure for technology transfer from the university; and Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute. In addition, she is an organizer and director of a community bank, Midtown Bank and Trust.
"Terry was the right person at the right time for the College of Management," said Larry Huang, chair of the College's Advisory Board. "The College of Management is in better shape than when she arrived as dean, and we certainly hope to be able to say that about her successor. I've truly enjoyed working with Terry to shape the strategic future of this outstanding College. Georgia Tech has a unique opportunity to make this program one of the finest among all public universities. Terry played a critical role in getting us to where we stand today."
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