A member of the CSOM faculty since 1989, Taggart replaces John J. Neuhauser, who was named academic vice president and dean of faculties in August. Taggart said he will serve as interim CSOM dean until a full-time replacement is found, most likely next summer.
"After having been dean as long as Jack was, this is an opportunity for the people in the Carroll School to think hard about how we want to define ourselves and our goals," Taggart said. "This requires some specific thoughts about what we want to achieve in the future."
The new dean will inherit a school that was placed on a solid foundation during Neuhauser's tenure, according to Taggart.
"We have plenty of momentum," he said. "[CSOM Associate Dean] Hassell McClellan has done a great job in developing our graduate program. Our MBA program has been recognized in Business Week magazine for the first time and we have a phenomenal record in graduate placement that will help us improve our standing even more in the future. Our MBA students have some excellent credentials.
"At the undergraduate level, we have moved up in the US News & World Report national business school rankings to No. 32 this year," he added. "That's good, but there is always room for further improvements. We have a great student body and an excellent faculty. There's a good economy out there for future career opportunities, a good alumni network, and it's a great place to come to school."
Even before being named interim dean, Taggart said he had scheduled a reduced teaching assignment for the fall semester to finish writing a textbook on corporate finance for graduate-level business students. His spring teaching plans are incomplete, he said.
"This has all been quite a surprise," Taggart said. "A month ago, I never would have expected to start getting ready for the academic year as the interim dean. I'm excited."
Taggart said that a search committee headed by Prof. Peter Wilson (CSOM) will be formed in the near future, and will begin to identify candidates to permanently succeed Neuhauser.
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