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Daniels School’s new leadership team in place

Since being unveiled as Purdue University’s next big move one year ago, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is gaining momentum, evidenced by a $50 million gift from the Lilly Endowment for the school’s new building, a $50 million gift from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, and recognition as a game-changer in shaping the future of business education.

The school’s Dr. Samuel R. Allen Dean Jim Bullard has finalized the Daniels School’s new leadership team. Five members of the 10-person leadership team will continue to lead with excellence in their respective areas with little change in their roles and responsibilities:

  • Sue Doron, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication
  • Cara Giese, Chief Development Officer
  • Logan Jordan, Associate Dean for Administration
  • Lin Nan, Department Head of Management, Senior Associate Dean
  • Brian Roberson, Department Head of Economics, Senior Associate Dean

Five members of the leadership team will have revamped responsibilities:

Kelly Blanchard, student experience and associate dean of undergraduate programs, will continue to lead the undergraduate programs and now has career services under her umbrella. Business Career Services will continue to serve students across all school programs and degrees. This change reinforces an excellent end-to-end student experience from the time students arrive in the Daniels School, through their time at Purdue, to the time they graduate and become alumni.

Dilip Chhajed, associate dean for master’s and online programs, expands responsibilities from online programs and Integrated Business and Engineering to include managing the school’s portfolio of master’s programs, both MBA and specialized master’s degrees.

Richard Ryffel, executive director of business leadership, will have responsibilities including oversight of business partnerships, as well as bringing in and coordinating activities of visiting partner practitioners. This area also includes executive education, Daniels School efforts in Indianapolis, and military affairs. 

Mohit Tawarmalani, acting executive associate dean of faculty, will represent the Dean’s interests through contact with other Purdue offices, department heads, faculty, staff, students, alumni, the local community and visitors from other academic institutions. He will be responsible for integrating Purdue-wide strategic initiatives into the school.

Patrick Mosher, interim chief of staff, will identify, assign, prioritize and track initiatives to support the school’s strategic priorities. He will serve as a confidential resource to and liaison for the Dean, as well as coordinating Dean’s leadership meetings and those for the Transition Steering Committee. A formal process to select the permanent person for this role is underway.

The Daniels School continues to make persistent progress toward its aim of becoming a top 10 business school.