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New Dean Named at Columbia Business School

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Dr. Costis Maglaras will assume the role of dean of Columbia Business School, effective July 1st.  This appointment comes about a year after Glenn Hubbard, who served as dean for 15 years, announced he would be stepping down.

High Praise from the President

Dr. Costis Maglaras, 16th Dean of Columbia Business School

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger said in his announcement:

“Costis is a talented educator and a generous colleague, beloved by his students and peers. An expert on probability and operations management, he has taught in the Business School’s MBA, PhD, and Executive Education programs, and is known for his thoughtful and probing approach to business pedagogy, grounded in real-world examples, experience, and analysis.”

A Bright History at CBS

Maglaras kicks off his service as dean shortly, but has a long history with CBS.  Maglaras first joined the CBS faculty in 1998, and went on to fill several roles, including Director of the PhD Program (2011 to 2017); Chair of the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division (2015 to 2018); and member of the Executive Committee of Columbia University’s Data Science Institute (2016 to present). In 2018, he received the Dean’s Award for Innovation in the Curriculum for his design and launch of the School’s Technology and Analytics curriculum.  The new dean is also credited with the launch of Columbia’s Master of Science in Business Analytics, a joint program offered by Columbia Business School and Columbia Engineering.

Looking Forward

In a press release from CBS, Maglaras shared his enthusiasm:

“This is an exciting time to be at Columbia Business School. The proliferation of data and advancement in technology will continue to disrupt business for the foreseeable future. Leaders must be equipped with advanced skills and knowledge to effectively seize new opportunities and thrive in this evolving ecosystem. We have a strong foundation, and thanks to the intellectual leadership of our faculty, a diverse and engaged alumni population, a position as part of a world-renowned university and a location in the most dynamic business center in the world, Columbia Business School will be the preeminent institution to prepare our students for lifelong career success in the digital future. I look forward to building on the School’s incredible trajectory thus far; realized more fully with our transformative move to the Manhattanville campus.”

Read more about the new dean here.

Lauren Wakal
Lauren Wakal has been covering the MBA admissions space for more than a decade, from in-depth business school profiles to weekly breaking news and more.