Carnegie Mellon University
August 28, 2019

Dammon To Step Down as Dean of Tepper School of Business

Will remain in position through the end of academic year

Mara Falk
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Robert M. Dammon, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's nationally ranked Tepper School of Business, has announced he will step down from the position. Dammon will serve as dean until a successor is in place, when he will return to the Tepper School faculty full time.

Dammon is beginning his ninth year as dean. His leadership is highlighted by last year's opening of the David A. Tepper Quadrangle, a 315,000 square-foot building that houses the Tepper School and is a hub for collaboration, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Dammon was tasked with planning, opening and fundraising for the $201 million project, which highlights the Tepper School's leadership at the intersection of business, technology and analytics.

"As dean, Dr. Dammon has been instrumental in establishing the Tepper School as one of the nation's premier business schools for undergraduate, graduate and online students," said James H. Garrett, Jr., Carnegie Mellon provost and chief academic officer. "He has helped to transform the school in exceptional ways by strengthening and expanding the academic programs, interdisciplinary research opportunities and learning environments for both the Tepper School and the entire university community."

The Tepper School's graduate and undergraduate programs are all highly ranked, including the school's undergraduate business program (ranked 6th by U.S. News), full-time MBA program (ranked 12th by Businessweek), part-time MBA program (ranked 2nd by Businessweek), and Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA program (ranked 3rd by U.S. News).

Under his leadership, Dammon spearheaded the development and implementation of the Tepper School's Strategic Plan — 2023. During his tenure, the school also created and launched its top-ranked Part-Time Online Hybrid MBA program, as well as two new master's degree programs, one in business analytics and the other in product management, which is a joint degree program with the School of Computer Science. Dammon also doubled the size of the Tepper School's undergraduate business program, from 80 incoming first-year students in his initial year to approximately 160 first-year students today.

"Serving as the Tepper School dean has been one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences of my life," said Dammon, who has been a CMU faculty member since 1984. "I am grateful for having had the opportunity to lead the school that has meant so much to me, both personally and professionally. I will always cherish my time as dean of the Tepper School and I thank the CMU community for all the support it has given me and the school over the years. This is a special place with very special people."

Dammon oversaw the creation of the Accelerate Leadership Center, which provides individualized coaching and leadership training for MBA students. He led the development of the Executive Leadership Academy, part of the Advanced Leadership Initiative, to prepare African-American business professionals in the Pittsburgh region for executive advancement. During Dammon's deanship, the Tepper School also established a joint undergraduate major in economics and politics with the Institute for Politics and Strategy and a new joint Ph.D. program in behavioral economics with the Social and Decision Sciences Department within the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

A search committee will be formed this fall to find a successor by the end of the academic year.