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UW Picks Putrevu as College of Business Dean

March 2, 2015
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Sanjay Putrevu is the new dean of UW’s College of Business.

An accomplished marketing professor with significant international and administrative experience has been appointed as dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Business.

Sanjay Putrevu, professor of marketing and former associate dean of the School of Business at the University at Albany, State University of New York, will begin his new post at UW July 1.

“Dr. Putrevu was selected from an outstanding field of candidates and brings a wealth of experience and energy to this important leadership position at UW,” says Vice President for Academic Affairs David Jones. “The College of Business is a strong component of the university, and we’re confident that the combined efforts of Dr. Putrevu and the faculty members will lift the college to even greater levels of excellence.”

Putrevu has been on the faculty of the University at Albany, SUNY, since 2005. His tenure there included chairing the Department of Marketing, serving as associate dean of the School of Business, and chairing the university’s tenure and promotion council.

As a researcher, Putrevu is ranked by the Journal of Advertising as No. 18 on a list of the most productive advertising scholars.

“I look forward to working closely with the faculty and staff of the college on new programmatic and research initiatives. I know that the college is blessed with a wonderful complement of dedicated faculty and staff who are eager to take it to the next level,” Putrevu says. “Additionally, I was very impressed with the students, alumni and other key university stakeholders during my short visit to UW. I am honored to have been chosen as the next dean, and I know that we can achieve great success together.”

Before going to the University at Albany, Putrevu was on the College of Business faculty at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., and Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He has held faculty appointments at universities in the United States, Canada, Australia, India and France.

Putrevu received his Ph.D. in marketing from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, in 1992; and a master’s degree in management studies from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, Rajasthan, India, in 1987.

“As a leader, I am a firm believer in shared governance, and I recognize that faculty support is critical to the institution’s success,” Putrevu wrote in his letter of application. “My leadership style is collaborative and inclusive; I believe academic excellence requires strategic choices wherein we build on strengths, invest in promising initiatives, and revitalize struggling programs.”

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