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Gupta appointed 11th business dean at MSU

Sanjay Gupta has been appointed The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business following a national search and approval by the MSU Board of Trustees on June 17.

Sanjay Gupta, Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business.
Sanjay Gupta, Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business.

Gupta is the 11th dean in the history of the college, which was founded in 1944 as the School of Business and Public Service. Today, the college has 120 full-time faculty members in five departments – Accounting and Information Systems; Finance; Management; Marketing; and Supply Chain Management – and The School of Hospitality Business. The college conferred 1,348 degrees in 2013–14.

“It is a special privilege to have the opportunity to lead the Broad College of Business at a time when MSU is reimagining and reinventing itself to lead and effect change by challenging the status quo while remaining true to its core values of quality, inclusiveness, and connectivity,” Gupta said. “We are focused on preparing the next generation of business leaders, and as part of MSU’s very ambitious $1.5 billion ‘Empower Extraordinary’ capital campaign, we plan to do this through building a world-class  new facility; providing endowed chairs, professorships, and programming support for our faculty; providing support for creativity and innovation in research and teaching; and being an engine of opportunity by providing scholarship support to our students to help them reach their potential.”

In these efforts, the Broad College has raised more than $92.5 million of its $136.6 million campaign goal—67.75 percent.

Gupta has served as acting dean of the business college since July 2014. He joined the Broad College in 2007 as the Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor in Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems. He was appointed associate dean for MBA and professional master’s programs in July 2012.

“The positive direction, growth and momentum the college has experienced under Sanjay’s leadership as acting dean signal a bright future for the college in the coming years,” said MSU Provost June Youatt.

During his tenure as associate dean, Gupta introduced academic innovations such as the intensive BroadWeek MBA course; facilitated the launch of new master’s programs in business analytics and management, strategy and leadership; and led a task force to reevaluate and reinstate the Executive MBA program. The MBA program has also increased its position in global and national rankings.

Gupta received a doctorate degree in philosophy from MSU in 1990. For the next 17 years he held several faculty positions at Arizona State University, including the first Henry & Horne Professorship in Accountancy.

He received the Faculty Excellence Award from the Broad College’s Executive MBA Class of 2010. He also won the Accounting Education Innovation Award and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Arizona Society of CPAs.

An expert on corporate and individual tax policy, Gupta has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. government, major public accounting firms, and international consulting firms.

He serves as a commissioner for the Pathways Commission, studying the future path of accounting higher education, and on the advisory boards for the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation, MSU-CIBER, and the Demmer Center for Business Transformation.

Gupta earned a master’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor’s degree of laws from Calcutta University in India, and a bachelor’s in commerce from the University of Mumbai.


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