Clemson University names new College of Business dean

Wendy York. Photo provided by Elisa Cicinelli.

A chief executive with more than a decade of management and investing experience will be the next dean of Clemson University’s College of Business.

Wendy York will begin her new position as dean of the university’s College of Business in July, according to a news release. York previously served as associate dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in California.

“Wendy brings a unique combination of academic excellence, administrative leadership, and private sector entrepreneurship to Clemson,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements. “She has had a proven track record as a leader who can bring about organization-wide transformational change at one of America’s top business schools, and I am confident that her diverse background, energy, connections, and strategic vision will help raise the national profile of our already strong College of Business.”

While at Stanford, York reorganized multiple units at the university’s business school to bring them into strategic alignment. The resulting new organization supports faculty research activities, facilitates the creation of innovative curriculum, and provides experiential learning opportunities for faculty, students, and alumni.

Her efforts also included creating a new centralized faculty research support services resource to assist quantitative academic research using high-end analytic techniques and cloud computing. She has led the group, called the Centers and Initiatives for Research, Curriculum, and Learning Experiences, for the past five years.

York previously served as managing director of the university’s Programs for Executive Education, which engages in providing leadership for executives and corporations, thereby expanding the impact of the faculty research and teaching.

Before joining Stanford, York worked for more than 20 years at for-profit and nonprofit organizations. She also spent more than five years as a venture capitalist, managing a private portfolio with a market capitalization of $100 million.

“She is clearly a major academic leader with strong credentials and very significant business and entrepreneurial experience,” said Robert Jones, Clemson University’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Dean York will be a key partner in our program to make Clemson’s business school a major player in the Southeastern, national, and the world economies.”

As the dean of Clemson University’s College of Business, York will lead 177 faculty and 49 staff members who serve 3,854 undergraduate business majors and 735 graduate students, according to the release.

York, who holds an undergraduate degree in international relations with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School, will also join the university’s marketing department as a tenured faculty member.

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