Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Steven Salbu as the Stephen P. Zelnak Dean of the College of Management. His appointment to the deanship becomes effective July 1.
"Dr. Steve Salbu is one of those unique individuals who themselves are very talented and have the ability to motivate others to succeed," says Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough. "At this opportunistic juncture for our business school, we believe he is ideally suited to help us identify and build the next strategic directions needed to capitalize on the momentum that exists at Georgia Tech as a whole."
"Steven Salbu brings an extensive background in ethics and business law to the business school at Georgia Tech. His research expertise in ethics, his vision, commitment to teaching excellence, and deep understanding of the business world impressed the search committee," says Jean-Lou Chameau, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia Tech. "I am confident that he will lead the business school to new heights, and catalyze Institute-wide efforts in global innovation and sustainability."
Salbu is currently associate dean for graduate programs, Bobbie and Coulter R. Sublett Centennial Endowed professor, and university distinguished teaching professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. He is the director of the McCombs School's Business Ethics Program. He has also served as a visiting professor at a number of top U.S. and international business schools, including the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, London Business School, and Indiana University.
"I am very excited about this opportunity," he notes. "The faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the College of Management are a remarkably talented community of scholars and professionals. They are highly motivated to take the College of Management to the next level. I look forward to joining them in this charge, as we work together with energy and enthusiasm to ensure that a great Institute always has a great business school."
Salbu earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Hofstra University in 1977; a master's degree from Dartmouth College; a master's and Ph.D. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He is the past editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal and is currently on the editorial board of Business Ethics Quarterly. His administrative experience includes serving as the director of the University of Texas's EMBA Program in Mexico City; director of their Business Ethics Program; and coordinator for their Legal Environment of Business Group. He has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards throughout his career and has published extensively in the fields of business ethics, international business, and business law.
In June 2005, the current dean of the College of Management, Terry C. Blum, announced that she would step down as dean of the College, effective June 30, 2006. Blum has led the business school since the summer of 1999. After leaving the deanship, Blum will remain on the faculty, creating and directing the new interdisciplinary Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship for the university.
About the Zelnak Dean's Chair
The Zelnak Dean's Chair was made possible by a $2.5 million gift commitment from Stephen P. Zelnak Jr., IM 1969. This chair is the third among the Institute's six colleges, joining the John P. Imlay Jr. Dean's Chair in the College of Computing and the Ivan Allen Jr. Dean's Chair in Liberal Arts and Technology in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Zelnak made the gift last fall to help the College of Management attract a great new leader. "Georgia Tech has an excellent business school, and it's getting better every day," Zelnak says. "When it comes to teaching students how to be successful leaders in today's highly complex, technological business settings, the College of Management is among the best in the country."