Roger Huang, an international scholar who has served as a professor, department chairman and associate dean during his 13 years at the University of Notre Dame, has been named dean of the school’s esteemed Mendoza College of Business.
Huang had served as interim dean since 2012. He said he is honored and humbled by his appointment as the Martin J. Gillen Dean. He also said he takes inspiration from the business school’s founder, Cardinal John O’Hara, who believed the primary purpose of commerce is to serve mankind.
“This vision sets the Mendoza College apart from other business schools, and I look forward to furthering our vision of business as a powerful force for good,” Huang said in a March 2013 article on the university’s website.
Mendoza College of Business, which serves more than 2,500 students, is consistently ranks near the top of Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual ranking of the “Best Undergraduate Business Schools.” In the 2012 survey of about 120 business programs, Mendoza received an A+ in quality of teaching and job placement, among other categories.
Mendoza College also offers graduate degrees and non-degree executive education programs, including 100% online Executive Certificate programs in Business Administration, Leadership and Management, and Negotiation.
Huang has served as the Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management since joining the Notre Dame faculty in 2000. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and previously taught at Purdue University, the University of Florida, Vanderbilt University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Huang has conducted research in the areas of financial market microstructure and international financial management, and also written or co-authored dozens of articles in scholarly journals. At the Mendoza College of Business, he was chairman of the Department of Finance for eight years and associate dean for three years before being named interim dean.
Huang is a distinguished scholar and gifted leader, said Notre Dame’s president, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
“His reputation in his field, administrative experience, strategic perspective and commitment to Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic research university are extraordinary,” Jenkins said on the school’s website.
According to Notre Dame Provost Thomas G. Burish, Huang had removed his name from consideration during the search for Mendoza’s next dean in order to avoid unduly influencing the process, which drew multiple applicants.
“But, as time went on, the committee felt increasingly sure that Roger was the best candidate for this position,” Burish said.