Mendoza School of Business

Mendoza restructures leadership roles to foster future growth and innovation

Published: August 26, 2022 / Author: Carol Elliott

The University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business is starting the 2022-2023 academic year with a new leadership structure.

buildingMartijn Cremers, the Martin J. Gillen Dean, recently announced a realignment of the associate deanship roles as part of the College’s ongoing organizational restructuring. The move is intended to better foster key areas of growth and innovation in the College during the next five years.

“The new leadership structure is organized around three areas at the core of achieving our mission as a Catholic business school: faculty and research, academic programs, and innovation and inclusion,” said Cremers. “In the new structure, an associate dean will oversee each of these areas, which is a change from the program-centered structure that was in place previously.”

The associate deanships are as follows:

Ken Kelley, senior associate dean for Faculty and Research. Kelley, who has served in this role since 2016, has primary responsibility for supporting the College’s research culture, overseeing teaching-related matters and faculty recruiting, promotions and the faculty hiring process. Additionally, he administratively oversees Mendoza’s Ph.D. programs in management and in analytics in collaboration with the programs’ academic directors.

Kristen Collett-Schmitt, associate dean for Innovation and Inclusion. In this new role, Collett-Schmitt is charged with advancing innovation across all programs. Responsibilities include the possible addition of new minors in Mendoza’s highly ranked undergraduate program and new concentrations in some of the College’s specialized master’s programs. She also will work with leadership across the College to form a more inclusive environment for students. Other areas of responsibility include innovation in non-degree, custom and online offerings.

Craig Crossland, senior associate dean for Academic Programs.  Crossland is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Mendoza’s undergraduate and professional programs, both degree and non-degree to ensure continued academic advancement and an excellent student experience across all programs. His responsibilities include representing the programs across a broad range of activities over the student journey, including student recruitment and rankings.

The new associate deanships are for terms of three years and went into effect July 1, 2022.

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame is a premier Catholic business school whose mission is to develop leaders who contribute to human flourishing, cooperate with others in solidarity and compete toward becoming the best version of themselves through serving others. A leader in values-based education with the message of Grow the Good in Business, the College offers an academic experience that integrates experiential learning, integral leadership development and a community of mutual advancement.

Mendoza degree programs include top-ranked Undergraduate Studies, which offers five majors – accountancy, finance, business analytics, management consulting and marketing. The College also offers doctoral programs in management and analytics; 11 graduate degree programs and several dual-degree graduate programs. Classes are held at two locations — the main campus in South Bend, Indiana, and the Notre Dame classroom space in downtown Chicago.

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