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Acting dean named permanent head of MSU business school

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

The interim dean of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University has been recommended for the job on a permanent basis, officials announced Thursday.

Sanjay Gupta’s appointment would become effective June 17 if approved by the MSU Board of Trustees.

Gupta is acting dean of MSU’s business college, and would become the 11th dean in the history of the college, which was founded in 1944 as the School of Business and Public Service. The business college has 120 full-time faculty members in five departments and the School of Hospitality Business. The college conferred 1,348 degrees in 2013-14.

“The positive direction, growth and momentum the college has experienced under Sanjay’s leadership as acting dean signal a bright future for the college in the coming years,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt.

Gupta, who is also the Russell E. Palmer endowed professor in accounting, joined the Broad College in 2007 as chairman of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. In July 2012, he was appointed associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs.

During his tenure, Gupta introduced innovations such as the intensive BroadWeek MBA course; facilitated the launch of new master’s programs in business analytics and management, strategy and leadership; and led a task force to re-evaluate and reinstate the Executive MBA program.

Gupta has a master’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor’s degree of laws from Calcutta University in India and a bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Mumbai.

KKozlowski@detroitnews.com