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May 13, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 17

Andrew C. Boynton visited his future place of employment earlier this week.

Andrew Boynton '78 to become next Carroll School dean

By Jack Dunn
Director of Public Affairs

Boston College this week announced the appointment of Andrew C. Boynton, professor of strategy and founder and program director of the acclaimed Executive MBA Program at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, as dean of the Carroll School of Management.

An accomplished professor and author, internationally respected authority on management strategy, and program director of Europe's top-ranked executive MBA program, Boynton will assume the Carroll School deanship on Jan. 1.

A 1978 graduate of Boston College with a BS from the Carroll School, Boynton received his MBA and doctorate from the Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He began his academic career as an assistant professor at the Darden School of the University of Virginia before accepting a two-year position as a visiting professor at the IMD.

In 1994, he joined the faculty at the Kenan-Flager Business School, where he was tenured in 1996. The following year he returned to Switzerland to become professor of strategy at the IMD. He then founded the IMD Executive MBA Program, which Business Week magazine ranked as the sixth best executive MBA program in the world in 2003, and has served as its sole director since its inception in 1998.

"As a graduate of the Carroll School of Management who has maintained strong interest in Boston College, Andy brings to his new position a deep appreciation of our institution," said University President William P. Leahy, SJ. "In addition, his time at the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina and the IMD has given him a broad perspective on business education not only in America, but throughout today's world."

Added Prof. Frank B. Campanella (CSOM), who chaired the search committee, "Andy Boynton possesses a wonderful set of leadership qualities. He has strong international experience, having founded and directed the distinguished IMD Program, and is very comfortable with executives, which will put him in good standing with the business community. In addition, he is a son of Boston College who knows us well and understands our goals and desires. He brings a unique set of credentials to this position."

Boynton is the co-director of the IMD's research platform on "Real World, Real Learning" which spearheaded the multi-volume IMD book initiative on "Lessons of the Best from the Best: Choreographing Executive Learning Experiences." The co-author of the refereed book Invented Here: Maximizing Your Organization's Internal Growth and Profitability, he has authored many refereed and non-refereed journal publications and has served as a business consultant for firms throughout the world.

"I am thrilled to come back to Boston College, as this was the challenge I was looking for professionally," said Boynton. "I can't think of a better place to take on this challenge than BC, which is a place that fundamentally changed my life. It is now my turn to give back to the University and continue the growth of the institution under the leadership of Fr. Leahy and [Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties] John Neuhauser."

A native of Basking Ridge, NJ, Boynton and his wife Jane (Murphy)'78 have four sons: Owen, Dylan, Ian and Evan.

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