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Pitt business school dean to step down

| Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 10:54 p.m.
John T. Delaney is stepping down from his post as dean of the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration and Katz Graduate School of Business.
Jasmine Goldband | Trib Total Media
John T. Delaney is stepping down from his post as dean of the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration and Katz Graduate School of Business.

John Delaney takes his commitment to change and innovation seriously.

Delaney, 58, of Point Breeze said that's why he is stepping aside after eight years as dean of the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration and Katz Graduate School of Business.

“I believe there is a natural amount of time in which you can accomplish your agenda as a leader. The real challenge at the end is to step aside and let someone else bring new ideas. It made sense for me to say this is the time. It allows the university to make the changes it needs,” Delaney said.

He plans to return to a faculty post at Pitt as soon as the university names his replacement.

Audrey Murrell, an associate dean of the College of Business, was a member of the search committee that lured Delaney to Pitt from Michigan State University. She described Delaney's tenure as “transformational” for the college.

Associates say his emphasis on real-world experience both at the graduate and undergraduate levels and the growing importance of international business was critical to Pitt's climb in business school rankings in recent years.

Last year, the Economist ranked Pitt's MBA program first in the United States in terms of return on investment. The rating was based on a metric that had a 41.9 percent return on tuition of $57,716 in increased earnings one year after graduation.

“That's huge,” said Murrell. “We've had a couple of schools want to come and look at what we're doing.”

University officials said they are assembling a search committee to nominate Delaney's successor.

Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or derdley@tribweb.com.

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