UW News

April 13, 1999

Yash P. Gupta chosen dean of UW Business School

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University of Washington President Richard L. McCormick will recommend to the Board of Regents that Yash P. Gupta, dean and professor of management in the College of Business and Administration of the University of Colorado at Denver, be appointed dean of the UW Business School, effective Aug. 1, 1999. As dean of the school, he also will hold the Kirby L. Cramer Endowed Chair in Business Administration. The regents are expected to act on this appointment at their April 16 meeting.

Gupta has been dean and professor at Colorado since 1992. The College of Business at Colorado has 2,600 students, 76 full-time equivalent faculty and 30 staff members. It has the largest graduate program in the state and is also the fastest growing business school in the state. The college recently introduced an 11-month MBA program.

“Yash Gupta is a gifted administrator,” McCormick says. “He is an educational innovator and a proven fundraiser. In his academic career, he has combined excellence in research with exceptional teaching skills. He is well qualified to lead our business school in the coming millennium.”

From 1988 to 1992, Gupta was Frazier Family Professor at the University of Louisville School of Business, as well as a senior research fellow at the Telecommunications Research Center. The center, a partnership among South Central Bell, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, is designed to promote research in telecommunications, economic development in the state, and education and training.

Gupta has received numerous honors and awards. In 1996, he was ranked the number one production and operations management scholar in the country in terms of contributions made to the field. In 1991, he received the Outstanding Teaching Award of the Department of Management at Louisville and also received the President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity. In 1990, he received both the Outstanding Research Award of the School of Business and the Excellence Award of the Department of Management. He is a Distinguished Member of “Who’s Who Worldwide” and listed in “Who’s Who Registry of Business Leaders.” He is the author of more than 100 articles published in refereed journals.

Gupta received a bachelor’s of science in engineering in 1973 from Punjab University in India, a master’s degree in production management from Brunel University of West London in 1974 and a doctorate in management sciences from The University of Bradford (England) in 1976. He worked at The University of Bradford from 1977 to 1978 as a postdoctoral research fellow. From 1980 to 1982, he was on the faculty of business administration of the Memorial University of Newfoundland. From 1982 to 1988, he was on the faculty of management at the University of Manitoba–from 1984 to 1988 serving as head of the Department of Actuarial and Management Sciences.

Gupta’s salary will be $204,000.