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Yale SOM Dean Says His Dean Days Are Numbered

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Yale School of Management (SOM) Dean Edward A. Snyder, currently on sabbatical, announced this week that he will continue as dean for the 2018-2019 year but return to full-time teaching and research on July 1, 2019. It will be a big change for the long-serving dean—who has led Yale SOM since 2011 and before that also held deanships at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and UVA’s Darden School of Business—and it was not a decision he made lightly. 

“Deciding to complete my service as dean after next year was difficult,” wrote Snyder in a letter to the Yale SOM community excerpted on the Yale SOM website. “I have come to realize, however, that it will soon be the right time for someone else to embrace the opportunities ahead and to have the great privilege of being dean of Yale SOM.”

During his time as Yale SOM dean, Snyder has had significant impact. He helped modernize and strengthen the school’s mission to include three main points of focus:

  1. Be the business school that is most integrated with its home university,
  2. Be the most distinctively global U.S. business school, and
  3. Be recognized as the best source of elevated leaders for all sectors and regions.

In addition, he helped launch the Global Network for Advancement Management, whose members today include 32 top business schools across six continents. He also started the Program on Entrepreneurship as well as three new master’s programs: the Master of Advanced Management, the MMS: Systemic Risk, and the MMS: Global Business and Society.

Other achievements during Snyder’s tenure include the opening of the 240,000-square-foot Edward P. Evans Hall, a strengthening of Yale SOM’s joint degree programs, and the development of foundational management courses for non-SOM students. The school also has launched a full suite of online and on-campus open enrollment programs, expanded its non-degree executive programs, and continually recruited high-profile faculty and scholars since he came on board.

“Under Ted’s leadership, SOM’s influence, visibility, and national rankings have soared, reflecting the academic excellence of its program,” Yale SOM President Peter Salovey stated in a news story. “Alumni involvement has increased, and SOM now leads with the highest percentage of its alumni giving annually to Yale out of all the university’s academic units.”

You can read the full announcement on the Yale SOM website.

Kelly Vo
Kelly Vo is a writer who specializes in covering MBA programs, digital marketing, and topics related to personal development. She has been working in the MBA space for the past four years in research, interview, and writing roles.