Sri Zaheer

Dean Sri Zaheer Announces Plans to Transition to Faculty

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Sri Zaheer
Dean Sri Zaheer

Exactly 10 years into her tenure, today, on March 8—also International Women’s Day—Carlson School Dean Sri Zaheer announced that she will “transition back to the faculty over the course of the next year.”

In messages to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and others, Zaheer expressed her gratitude for the contributions of everyone who was part of her journey. “Your contributions are the reason we are among the best business schools in the world. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to serve as your dean.”

Zaheer still has much she wants to accomplish. Already, though, her tenure has enhanced and elevated the school in a variety of ways, including raising $190 million as part of the Driven campaign, adding to an impressive increase in philanthropy during the last decade. A Military Veterans Initiative to help servicemen and women transition from military to business careers, launched in 2012, resulted in the Carlson School being named the number one Military Friendly business school in the nation three years running.

University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel Croson will lead a national search to fill the role. Zaheer has offered her willingness to stay on as dean until a replacement begins. 

The first Indian-American dean in the University’s history and only the second woman to hold the deanship, Zaheer also holds the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility.

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