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By University Communications


The UA will conduct a national search for a new dean of the Eller College of Management, following the announcement that college dean Len Jessup has accepted the position of president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Until a permanent replacement for Jessup is named, Jeff Schatzberg, Lou Myers Professor of Accounting and vice dean of Eller, will serve as dean of the college, effective Jan. 5.

“I am grateful to the provost and my colleagues at Eller for affording me this opportunity to serve the college and the University,” Schatzberg said. “The UA has been exceedingly good to me over my career, and I am very grateful, indebted and proud to be a part of it.”

Schatzberg joined the UA in 1987 and has served as Eller’s vice dean since 2012, working closely with Jessup.

His research interests include auditing issues, and behavioral and managerial/cost accounting. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses in the recently launched Online MBA Program, and has been selected by students for multiple teaching awards. He has a doctorate in business administration from the University of Iowa.

A committee is being formed to conduct the national search for a permanent dean. The committee will include Eller faculty, staff and students, as well as community members and representatives from the Eller National Board of Advisors, said UA Provost Andrew Comrie. A new dean is expected to be named sometime in the spring.

The Eller College of Management supports 5,800 undergraduate and 700 graduate students. It is home to top-ranked entrepreneurship, MIS, MBA, doctoral and undergraduate programs.

Top photo by Thomas Veneklasen.