University of Chicago Booth School of Business proudly announced its newly appointed dean, Madhav Rajan. Rajan formerly worked at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, serving as the associate dean. Rajan completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Madras, India. He holds a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. Rajan’s appointment officially began July 1, 2017. Rajan succeeds Sunil Kumar, who was named provost of Johns Hopkins University.
Rajan offers an impressive resume having served as senior associate dean for academic affairs at the Stanford GSB from 2010 to 2016, where he holds the Robert K. Jaedicke Chair in Accounting. His responsibilities included leadership of Stanford’s MBA program, oversight of admissions, curriculum, student experience and career management. He launched new joint-degree programs with Stanford’s engineering school and pioneered initiatives that thoughtfully integrated with the rest of the university.
Rajan was considered a frontrunner in Chicago Booth’s national search for a new dean after his values, ambition and abilities were determined to fully adhere to the distinctiveness of Chicago Booth’s methodological rigor in its research and education. “The values I have in research and education are deeply valued at Chicago Booth,” Rajan said. “People come here to do rigorous, empirically based research and analysis, which provides the basis for a transformative student experience and an extremely effective MBA curriculum. We have an exciting opportunity to take Booth’s deep strengths and leverage them here and around the world. I am thrilled to have the chance to be dean at what is unquestionably the greatest academic business school.”