Carnegie Mellon University

Our Leadership

The combination of small size and vast intellectual capital has been a powerful advantage for the Tepper School of Business. Our global reputation for pioneering academic approaches to analytical decision-making has resulted in many academic innovations that distinguish our faculty, students, and alumni as leaders and high-performance problem-solvers.

Our aim is to become one of the world’s most innovative learning and research environments. Guiding this exciting journey are Dean Robert Dammon, the ninth dean of the business school and Professor of Financial Economics; Linda Argote, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and Thomas Lord Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory; and Willem-Jan van Hoeve, Senior Associate Dean of Education and Carnegie Bosch Professor of Operations Research.

After an international search, Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, dean of McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management, has been appointed as the 10th dean of the Tepper School of Business. Bajeux-Besnainou will begin her new role at Carnegie Mellon on October 15.

Supporting the Tepper School’s Dean’s Office is a faculty community of more than 110 professors representing nearly a dozen different disciplines, many of whom have the distinction as being the most respected researchers and academicians in their respective fields, according to research citations, editorial positions with peer-reviewed journals, and global assignments with legislative, financial, economics, medical and academic institutions.

 Dean Robert M. Dammon

Robert M. Dammon is the ninth dean of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University, a post that he assumed in May 2011. A researcher and professor of financial economics, he joined the faculty in 1984 and was appointed to serve as the school’s associate dean for education from 2008 to 2011. Professor Dammon earned his MBA (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) in financial economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Dammon’s most recent research focuses on lifetime savings, investing and asset allocation and his work has been published in the most prestigious finance and economic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Finance. Among the awards he has received for his scholarship is the 2004 “TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Outstanding Scholarly Writing on Lifelong Financial Security.”

He has developed and taught courses in corporate finance, corporate restructuring, and business valuation to both MBA students and corporate executives from around the world. Dammon is also a three-time recipient of the George Leland Bach Teaching Award for Excellence in the Classroom (1989, 1997, and 2007).

Dammon is a member of the American Finance Association, the American Economic Association, and the Society for Financial Studies. He also has served as associate editor for several professional journals including Financial Management (2002-2008), Management Science (1993-1997, 2001-2003), and the Review of Financial Studies (1996-1999).