University of Iowa picks interim to become business college dean

IOWA CITY — After considering six finalists in two waves over the last year to become the new dean of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, the administration has chosen internal candidate and interim dean Amy Kristof-Brown to fill the post.

Kristof-Brown is a research professor of management and became senior associate dean for the college in 2017. She served in numerous roles before that, directing the department’s graduate studies and serving as department executive officer.

Kristof-Brown initially joined Tippie as an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Organizations in 1997. She stepped in as interim dean March 1, when Dean Sarah Gardial left to lead the Massey College of Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.

As permanent dean, Kristof-Brown will earn an annual salary of $450,000 — up from her interim pay of $319,250. She was making $219,444 as associate dean. Gardial, before leaving, in September was earning a total of $421,334, more than any other dean on campus — save Carver College of Medicine Dean Brooks Jackson, who also serves as vice president for medical affairs of UI Health Care.

Kristof-Brown was among three finalists who participated in virtual visits in October and November — after an initial set of three finalists participated in virtual forums in May but were dismissed in hopes of “on-campus visits in the fall.”

With the pandemic persisting through the summer, the UI announced it would restart its search for a new business dean “and recruit a new and diverse pool of strong candidates.”

Previous finalists would need to reapply to be reconsidered. None of those initial finalists were listed among the new set of finalists this fall.

UI Interim Provost Kevin Kregel suggested Kristof-Brown’s leadership these recent months gave her an edge.

“Dean Kristof-Brown has demonstrated tremendous talent as interim leader of Tippie, and I know she will continue to move the college forward as its permanent leader,” Kregel said in a statement. “I am delighted that she has agreed to serve the college and university in this way.”

Other finalists included a finance professor and dean of the Cass Business School at the University of London and a senior associate dean at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, whose time at Harvard Business School overlapped with UI President Bruce Harreld’s stint there.

The business dean search was led by a committee and assisted by external search firm WittKieffer. The university has paid the consultant $154,485 to date, which includes its professional fee and expenses so far.

In a statement, Kristof-Brown cited the challenges of 2020 and the collaborative departmental work to overcomethem, calling it “truly inspiring.”

“I am excited to continue to develop our research reputation, build meaningful learning experiences for students and engage deeply with our corporate and nonprofit partners,” she said. “I’m ready to lead Tippie to the next level as a destination business school for faculty, students, professionals and lifelong learners.”

Kristof-Brown has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and

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Apple University Dean Shares Deep Dive Into Apple’s Organizational Structure

Apple University dean and vice president Joel Podolny today wrote an in-depth article on Apple’s organizational structure for Harvard Business Review.


Titled “How Apple is Organized for Innovation,” Podolny’s piece delves deep into Apple’s structure and how that has helped it grow over the years. Starting back when Jobs took over the company when he returned to Apple 1997, Podolny explains how Jobs fired the managers of each individual business unit and converted Apple into “one functional organization,” a setup that Apple continues to have to this day.

As was the case with Jobs before him, CEO Tim Cook occupies the only position on the organizational chart where the design, engineering, operations, marketing, and retail of any of Apple’s main products meet. In effect, besides the CEO, the company operates with no conventional general managers: people who control an entire process from product development through sales and are judged according to a P&L statement.

Apple’s structure dictates that the people who have the most expertise and experience in a given domain should have the decision rights for that domain, with the company relying on technical experts rather than managers to make key decisions.


Apple’s financial structure, where executive bonuses are based on companywide financial success rather than departmental success, also allows for more freedom when it comes to product decisions because there’s not specific financial pressure on a single release. “The finance team is not involved in the product road map meetings of engineering teams, and engineering teams are not involved in pricing decisions,” writes Podolny.

All of Apple’s managers, from senior vice president and down, are expected to have deep expertise in their area, immersion in detail of the work being done under their leadership, and willingness to collaborate and make collective decisions. “Leaders should know the details of their organization three levels down,” is one of Apple’s principles.

As Apple has grown, Apple CEO ‌Tim Cook‌ has needed to make adjustments to the structure as Apple enters into new markets and technologies.

The adjustments ‌Tim Cook‌ has implemented in recent years include dividing the hardware function into hardware engineering and hardware technologies; adding artificial intelligence and machine learning as a functional area; and moving human interface out of software to merge it with industrial design, creating an integrated design function.

Podolny’s full piece goes into much more detail on how Apple’s internal structure works, complete with many examples of Apple’s successes. It can be read in full at Harvard Business Review.

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Seattle University’s next president to be Cornell law dean raised in Puyallup

He’s a Puyallup native, a Rhodes scholar and a former clerk for a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Next year, Cornell University Law School dean Eduardo Peñalver will become the first Latino president of Seattle University, the private Jesuit college announced during an online event Thursday morning.

The appointment of Peñalver, 47, during a global pandemic marks an important moment for the school in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Freshman enrollment is down by 10%. Students are attending classes primarily online. Peñalver will take the helm from a veteran president who has led the university for more than two decades; he’ll also be the first Seattle University president who is not clergy.

Peñalver will succeed the Rev. Stephen Sundborg, who announced his retirement in February. Sundborg plans to conclude his tenure at the end of this school year, his 24th as the university’s leader. Peñalver’s term will begin on July 1, 2021.

In an interview with The Seattle Times this week, Peñalver said his first priorities include familiarizing himself with the community, responding to the university’s short- and long-term enrollment challenges and building on the school’s social justice mission and academic programs.

“I want to spend a lot of time meeting people, listening to people,” he said. “I see so many opportunities to build on the strength of [the university’s] Jesuit tradition and the breadth of its academic offerings and its proximity to downtown and to this global tech hub.”

School officials declined to provide Peñalver’s salary, but said it is competitive with other peer universities. Sundborg earns around $448,000 annually, according to university tax documents from 2017.

Peñalver will take the reins of one of the state’s largest private universities; 7,050 students are enrolled this year, officials said. The school is known as a home to some of the nation’s leading business and specialty law programs. Roughly 49% of undergraduates are students of color, according to last school year’s data.

As the son of “very devout Catholics” who still live in the home they raised him in, Peñalver said his family is thrilled about his new role and for his homecoming to the Pacific Northwest. He and his four siblings attended All Saints Catholic School in Puyallup before graduating from Henry Foss High School in Tacoma. His wife and two sons — already avid Mariners and Seahawks fans, he said — will join him as he moves from Ithaca to Seattle.

Peñalver graduated from Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1994 and studied as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford. In 1999, he earned a law degree from Yale Law School, then clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens before beginning his teaching career. He specializes in religion law and property law.

In 2014, Peñalver became the first Latino dean of an Ivy League law school. When he was a student in the 1990s, he said, he noticed that faculty and college administrators didn’t reflect the increasingly diverse student body. Recruiting a diverse administrative team

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Syracuse University’s Newhouse School establishes scholarship fund in memory of late dean …

Syracuse, NY, Oct. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mark J. Lodato, dean of the  S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications  at Syracuse University, today announced the establishment of the Lorraine Branham Scholarship Fund.  

Used primarily to recruit and support Newhouse students from socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and other underrepresented groups, the fund will provide under-resourced, talented students the opportunity to attend Syracuse University and the Newhouse School debt-free.  

The fund is named in honor of late Newhouse dean Lorraine Branham, who died in April 2019. “Lorraine was a champion of access to higher education, and I’m confident this new multimillion-dollar investment would make her proud,” says Lodato.  

This new fund will supplement the Lorraine E. Branham Endowed Scholarship for Newhouse students from underrepresented populations, which was created in Branham’s memory by alumni and friends following her death. 

Through the new fund, as many as 10 scholarships will be awarded each fall; recipients will be known as Branham Scholars. The fund will also support “Finish Line” scholarships for rising juniors and seniors who need financial assistance to complete their education at Newhouse. In addition, a merit-based Branham Prize will be awarded to an incoming first-year student as recognition of his or her accomplishments in the classroom and the communications space while in high school.   

Lasting Legacy  

“Lorraine was passionate about making diversity a priority across the school,” says  Amy Falkner, senior associate dean for academic affairs, who worked with Branham for 11 years. “It has always been a plank in our strategic plan and [led to] many of the initiatives and accomplishments that came about—in curriculum, recruitment and retention of students and faculty, scholarships, internships, guest speakers and speaker series.” 

Payton Campbell, now a senior in  graphic design, says Branham helped facilitate her enrollment at Newhouse, and was an inspiration to her. “Having a Black woman as the dean of my prestigious communications school meant everything to me. She motivates me to thrive and excel in my career every day,” says Campbell, who is president of the SU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. “Dean Branham dedicated her life to helping students of color like me gain access and superb training to reach our highest goals in the industry.” 

 Angela Y. Robinson ’78, director of operations for the National Association of Black Journalists, recommended Branham for the dean position in 2008. “With great conviction, Lorraine worked tirelessly to recruit, retain and support all students, especially students from underrepresented communities—students too often overlooked. She understood the urgency of not simply opening the door, but removing the door altogether,” Robinson says. “Because of this scholarship program, her legacy endures.” 

Continued Progress 

The establishment of the Branham Scholarship Fund is one of several initiatives aimed at expanding and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion at the Newhouse School.  

 Beginning during Branham’s tenure, the school strengthened curricular content in diversity, adding the Race, Gender and Media course, which is required for all students. Industry partnerships with companies such as LinkedIn, Time Inc. 

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Clarkson University Names Founding Dean of the Lewis School of Health Sciences

Lenn Johns
Lenn Johns
Lenn Johns

Potsdam, NY, Oct. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — After conducting a nationwide search, Clarkson University today announced Dr. Lennart D. Johns as founding dean of its Earl R. and Barbara D. Lewis School of Health Sciences.  

Johns will lead the Lewis School through a pivotal period that will strengthen and expand a growing portfolio of programs in the health sciences that assure the highest quality of education for students and advance careers, research and innovation with an emphasis on meeting rural and distance-challenged healthcare needs.   

Clarkson Provost Robyn Hannigan is looking forward to collaborating with Johns and the faculty to create a new identity for the health sciences across the University and externally through community impact.  “With Johns’ experiences and leadership, Clarkson is well poised for national prominence in rural healthcare. Johns understands the reality of the need for more quality rural healthcare options. He passionately works to address complex issues and develop forward-thinking concepts and works hard to build collaborative sustainable educational and experiential learning environments. His entrepreneurial spirit will bring the Lewis School to national prominence in rural healthcare going forward,” Hannigan said.

Johns is known among his peers as an innovative and collaborative leader with an extensive research portfolio as well as practical experience building an outcomes-based curriculum and a nationally sustainable clinical education program that connects students to the world of work.  In his role as Director of General Education for Quinnipiac, he oversaw the development of a first-year seminar and a senior-level integrative capstone experience.  The primary focus of his academic research has been centered on autoimmunity and injury repair. He works to understand how energy fields, both ultrasound and laser, alter immune regulation.  He has been published in a wide variety of journals ranging such as the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Athletic Training, Brain Research, Cytokine, Immunology, Physical Therapy, and Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. 

“Having grown up in a rural farming community in northwestern Pennsylvania, what attracts me to Clarkson is the opportunity to impact the access and quality of healthcare in rural communities — and not just here, but also where students go to build rewarding careers and personal lives,” said Johns.  “My own professional and life experiences provide me with broad perspectives and an appropriate lens to advocate for the Departments of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant and to develop new programs in the health professions, build meaningful diverse relationships, and build out infrastructure to support all aspects of the Lewis School of Health Sciences.”

Johns has an undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University, a master of science degree in biology from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Vermont. He has held many previous positions in his career and served 18 years in academic leadership roles. He is currently the Founding Director of the Athletic Training Program at Quinnipiac University and has also served as the Chair of Athletic Training & Sports Medicine,

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