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NMSU hires new Business College dean

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Following a national search, New Mexico State University has selected Bryan Ashenbaum as the next dean of its College of Business. Ashenbaum begins his role July 5.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Ashenbaum join NMSU. He is accomplished, ready to serve and will bring a fresh perspective to NMSU,” said Dorothy Campbell, interim provost and chief academic officer. “He is confident, and his background will support the goals of our campus with a focus on student excellence, embracing diversity, equity and inclusion and community engagement – especially with the business community.” 

Lakshmi N. Reddi, dean of NMSU’s College of Engineering, served as chair of the search committee. 

“We had a very strong candidate pool and several exceptional finalists for the College of Business dean search,” Reddi said. “The search committee members were dedicated and diligent in their review of the candidates. I am pleased with the final choice and believe that Dr. Ashenbaum will be an effective leader for the business college.”

Ashenbaum earned his Ph.D. in business administration from Arizona State University in 2006. He also holds a Master of Business Administration in supply chain management and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from ASU. 

“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the next dean of the College of Business,” Ashenbaum said. “The College of Business has top-notch programs, strong students and faculty and staff devoted to education and research excellence. I am beyond enthusiastic to join the team as we continue our journey to be the destination business college in the Southwest and Borderlands.”

The new dean is currently the associate dean for Curriculum and Graduate Programs in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. He was previously the chair of the Department of Management, and before that, director of the Miami Professional Institute for Management Education (PRIME) program.

“Under Bryan’s leadership as associate dean, we have grown enrollment in graduate programs, are redesigning the MBA, managed a turbulent 18 months with global programs and gained approval to launch the Center for Real Estate Finance and Investment,” said Jenny Darroch, dean of the Farmer School of Business.

Ashenbaum has been published in numerous academic journals such as the Journal of Supply Chain Management, the Journal of Business Logistics and others. He is currently the co-editor-in-chief of Transportation Journal. He holds numerous honors and awards for achievements, including “Outstanding Professor” awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Prior to his academic career, Ashenbaum held various positions with Procter & Gamble, Honeywell, NIBCO and Perrier. He also spent six years in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program, serving as a nuclear reactor operator and quality supervisor on the USS Bainbridge.