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Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Selects Current Dean to Serve Full Five-Year Term

After a worldwide search, the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has chosen its current dean, William Boulding, to serve a full five-year term, the school announced this week. Boulding, a marketing and management expert, assumed the position of dean in 2011 for an initial two-year term following the resignation of former Dean Blair Sheppard.

A search committee made up of faculty, students, administrators and members of the Fuqua Board of Visitors considered more than 100 candidates from all over the world before deciding that Boulding should continue as dean. “We saw many people with strong academic leadership skills, with strong international management skills, with strong fundraising skills. But finding all these skills in a single candidate is challenging,” Professor David Robinson, who led the search committee, said in a statement. “That’s why we’re so pleased to have Bill Boulding as our next dean. He has the whole package, plus he knows Fuqua and Duke intimately.”

Boulding has been a member of the Fuqua faculty since 1984 and has won multiple teaching awards. In his 18 months as dean, he is credited with strengthening Fuqua’s programs on its home campus in Durham while also deepening the school’s connections with students, faculty and alumni in other parts of the world, including at the school’s sites in China, India, Russia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Duke Provost Peter Lange also praised the work Boulding has done in his time so far as dean to stabilize the school’s budget, bring in new resources and modernize its programs to keep pace in a globalized world. “This has built a base on which he can now lead Fuqua toward leadership among business schools through innovation in teaching, learning and research,” Lange said in a statement.

Boulding, for his part, is pleased to continue as dean. “I’ve never worked harder. I’ve never slept less. I’ve never had more fun. I’m having a blast,” he told the Financial Times in an October 2012 interview.

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