Rutgers School of Business–Camden dean steps down, returns to faculty

By Emily Bader
Camden | Feb 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm

The Rutgers School of Business–Camden announced Friday Dr. Jaishankar Ganesh has decided to step down as dean and return to the faculty, effective July 1.

The announcement was made by Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor, in a letter to the campus community on Friday.

The letter said since Ganesh began his role as dean in 2010, enrollment to Rutgers-Camden business programs has doubled.

During his time as dean, he helped create two online degree programs; a Student Experience Center; accelerate five-year programs and dual-degree programs; a Corporate Affiliate Program; and more.

The letter reads:

To the Campus Community:

It is with great appreciation and respect for a job well done that I announce Dr. Jaishankar Ganesh’s decision to step down from deanship of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden and to return to the faculty effective July 1, 2019.

His tenure as dean has transformed our business school. Since the dean’s arrival in 2010, enrollment in Rutgers–Camden’s business programs has doubled. The dean has launched five new undergraduate and graduate programs that are thriving. He created two online degree programs – the Rutgers online MBA and the Rutgers online bachelor of arts in business administration – that represent the standard of excellence for all of Rutgers University’s online business offerings. It is an indicator of our success in this area that U.S. News & World Report has ranked our online BABA 31st in the nation and our online MBA as 51st.

Dean Ganesh’s strategy for preparing students in both the theory and the practice of business has resulted in an upgraded undergraduate curriculum that now incorporates career-oriented tracks and focused-learning modules across every program. Under his leadership, the School of Business created three one-credit courses that provide our students with critically needed professional development experiences. He designed and developed a Corporate Affiliate Program that enlists corporate partners in each major who recruit student interns and provide input to the business school curriculum. This program resulted in over 120 paid internships last year.

During the past several years, the School of Business sharpened its focus on providing our students with the support needed to assure their success in the classroom and in their careers. Dean Ganesh established a Student Experience Center to assist students with personal and professional development while monitoring clear competencies and metrics associated with student retention, graduation, and placement. His vision of an excellent business school energized our alumni who have responded with support that has enabled us to launch a new scholarship program, a Bloomberg trading lab, and a scholarly center that promotes excellence in accounting education and practice.

Our business school faculty has grown to meet the rising demand for a Rutgers–Camden business degree. The dean’s support for the business faculty has yielded an impressive increase in our institutional research profile. Their scholarship increasingly appears in top academic journals and the faculty often present at prominent conferences.

As a member of the campus leadership team, Dean Ganesh has contributed his energy toward the advancement of our campus. Partnering with the other academic units, he developed accelerated five-year programs and dual-degree programs that now allow students to heighten their professional profiles by earning their Rutgers–Camden MBA degrees while also working toward select undergraduate and other graduate degrees at our institution.

Jai Ganesh’s enthusiasm and spirit have uplifted Rutgers–Camden since his arrival in 2010.  I am grateful for his years of service as dean and look forward to his work with our students when he returns to the faculty.

We will identify opportunities to celebrate Jai Ganesh later this semester. Until then, please join me in offering our thanks to Dean Ganesh for all he has done to elevate the Rutgers School of Business–Camden during his deanship.

Within the coming weeks, I will announce plans for transitional leadership for the business school as well as for a national search for a new dean.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M., Chancellor

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader