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Micheál Kelly named dean of the Laurier School of Business & Economics

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Apr 30/12| For Immediate Release


Deborah MacLatchy, Vice-President, Academic & Provost
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WATERLOO – Micheál Kelly, a professor of Strategic and International Management and former dean at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa, has been named the dean of the Laurier School of Business & Economics (SBE).

Kelly, who will join Laurier in July, is a respected academic who helped transform the Telfer School into a leading centre for management education and research. He is also a highly sought-after consultant in the technology sector, and has extensive experience in government.

"Attracting a dean of the calibre befitting Laurier's excellent School of Business & Economics was no mean feat,” said Deborah MacLatchy, vice-president: academic and provost. “Micheál Kelly’s broad experience – in government, as an advisor to businesses, and as an academic leader – makes him an ideal fit for Laurier."

Kelly will be taking over from Professor William Banks, who has served as acting dean since Feb. 1, 2011.

“We are very grateful to Bill for stepping up when needed and serving as dean on an interim basis while the search for a full-time candidate was conducted,” said MacLatchy.

Laurier’s commitment to providing an outstanding educational experience for its students is just one of the many reasons that attracted Kelly to SBE, he said. In addition, he is impressed by Laurier’s efforts to become a leader in education and research.

“Laurier’s SBE has a great reputation among Canadian business schools for the quality of its students, faculty, programs, research and alumni,” said Kelly. “All of the ingredients are there to build an institution of global significance and prominence.”

Kelly served as dean at Telfer from 2000 to 2010. Under his leadership the school earned three major international accreditations, known as the “Triple Crown”. The accreditations indicate that every aspect of a business school – from its activities and programs to its mission and corporate governance – has been thoroughly evaluated and meets the highest standards of excellence. It was also during this time that Telfer received the largest naming endowment ever for a Canadian business school.

Currently, Kelly is professor of Strategic and International Management at the Telfer School. His recent academic research focuses on the management of global innovation systems, research and development alliances, and the competitive strategies of technology-based firms. He advises technology companies around the world on foreign investment strategies, alliance management and financing international expansions.

Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 1998, Kelly held senior positions with the Government of Canada in various departments including foreign affairs, international trade, industry, and science and technology.

Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Economics from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts; a Master of Science in Political Science-International Relations from the University of Ottawa; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Carleton University.


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