William B. Lamb Appointed Dean of Babson College's Graduate School
William B. Lamb
William B. Lamb
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Last week, Babson College announced that William B. Lamb will be Dean of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Lamb is currently Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Strategic Management in the Ohio University's College of Business. During his time at the College of Business, he was part of a leadership team that oversaw four MBA programs, including one in Brazil, as well as three Sports Managements programs. The school expanded its blended MBA program to Cleveland, Ohio and launched an online MBA program with three concentrations in Finance, Executive Management and Health Care. Enrollment in graduate programs doubled during the last two years.

He received a B.A. in Anthropology in 1986 and a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology in 1988 at the University of Virginia. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Management, with minors in both Social Issues and Philosophy, in 1997 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His areas of expertise include knowledge management, technology management, and the birth and growth of higher technology industries. His research also has focused on the connection between financial performance and corporate social performance. Lamb's research has appeared in such outlets as Transactions on Engineering Management published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Business & Society, Industry & Innovation, Organizational Analysis, and the New England Journal of Entrepreneurship. He also has a paper forthcoming in the International Journal of Innovation Management. He has won teaching awards at three universities: Virginia Tech, Millsaps College, and Ohio University.

"I am incredibly excited to lead the No. 1 graduate school in the world for entrepreneurship," said Lamb. "Babson's clarity of purpose—to prepare entrepreneurial leaders who create economic and social value everywhere—permeates the College's curriculum and culture. I look forward to building on the success of these unique programs and working to ensure that Babson graduates continue to be the best prepared to make an immediate and positive difference in organizations of all types and sizes."

He will begin his role of Murata Dean of F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business next Summer and will oversee four MBA and two MS programs. He will succeed Dennis Hanno who will serve as President of Wheaton College from July 15, 2014.

During the 2014 Graduate Commencement, Hanno gave an inspiring speech to the new graduates and showed his bonds with Babson. "I'll be going a different direction too but I can't thank you enough for making my time with you so rewarding (...) We share Babson. Coming to Babson was the best personal and professional decision I've ever made."

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