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Robert S. Sullivan

Dean, Rady School of Management
University of California, San Diego, US


Dr Robert S. Sullivan joined the Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego, as its founding dean in January 2003. Dr. Sullivan is an expert on entrepreneurship, knowledge management and operations management.

Under Dr. Sullivan's leadership, the Rady School of Management has successfully recruited top-tier faculty, from universities such as the University of Chicago, MIT, New York University, Northwestern, Princeton, Stanford, the Wharton School and Yale. In addition, he helped orchestrate the integration of the Beyster Institute with the Rady School, thereby increasing the school's reach in San Diego and throughout the world.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Dr. Sullivan was dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School of The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and dean of the School of Industrial Administration at Carnegie Mellon University. He began his academic career in the University of Texas at Austin, where he held various leadership positions including associate dean for research and academic affairs in the College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business, co-director of the Center for Technology Venturing at the Graduate School of Business, and director of the Bureau of Business Research.

Dr. Sullivan is the vice chair-chair elect of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He has been on the association's board of directors since 2006, after first serving in its MOT Advisory Committee in 1992.

Dr. Sullivan holds a doctorate in operations management from Pennsylvania State University, a master's degree in production management and quantitative methods from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston College.​​

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