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UCLA Anderson Finance Professor Named Dean of Full-Time MBA Program

mark garmaiseA finance professor recognized with numerous awards for teaching excellence has been named dean of the full-time MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, Anderson Dean Judy Olian announced late last month. Professor Mark Garmaise will assume his new role on July 1, 2014, succeeding Senior Associate Dean Andrew Ainslie, who has been named dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.

“In Mark, we have a combination of remarkable talents – an outstanding teacher who is dedicated to his MBA students, and a trailblazing scholar who infuses his teaching with relevant and emerging research findings,” Olian said in a statement.

Garmaise, who received his PhD in finance from Stanford Graduate School of Business, joined UCLA Anderson as a visiting assistant professor in 2001. Prior to that he was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

His academic research has focused on corporate finance, specifically on using empirical data to investigate the effects of asymmetric information and incomplete contracting as they relate to real estate markets and entrepreneurial firms.

Garmaise has been the recipient of every teaching award given by UCLA Anderson School faculty, as well as the 2006 Eric and “E” Juline Excellence in Research Award. Anderson students also honored him with the FEMBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and the MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.

Dean Olian wished praised the outgoing Ainslie as well. “His unrestrained passion for MBA education and his clear analytic focus to drive strategic actions will no doubt advance the Simon School just as it benefitted Anderson,” she said in a statement.