Arthur L. Goldstein, Chair of the Brandeis IBS Board of Overseers
Brandeis International Business School (IBS) recently announced that after presiding over the IBS Board of Overseers for two terms, John Usdan will be stepping down as Chair. John was responsible for guiding the board during a time of unprecedented achievement for the business school.
Under his leadership and guidance, IBS has achieved accreditation from AACSB International, has grown to include students from 66 countries, including 22 Fulbright Scholars, has increased the number of faculty to 56, and is ranked among the world’s top business schools by The Economist Intelligence Unit. During his tenure, the school expanded to include an outstanding new facility which is named for his beloved grandfather, Samuel Lemberg, and enrolled its first MBA and full-time Master of Science in Finance students. “We are deeply indebted to John for his many contributions, wise counsel and spirited support of this business school with its global focus and commitment to social justice,” said Bruce Magid, dean of IBS.
Arthur L. Goldstein of Weston, MA will become the next chair of the Brandeis IBS Board of Overseers. Art is the recently retired Chairman, President and CEO of Ionics, Inc., a globally-recognized business and technology pioneer in the field of water purification. Under his management, the company became the world leader in its field, with 4,000 installations in 62 countries and 3,000 employees. He received a BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware, and an MBA from Harvard University.
At IBS, Art has been generous with his time, speaking on several occasions as a distinguished guest lecturer in our CEO Forum, and meeting with faculty and staff to offer guidance on a variety of topics. He also delivered a memorable commencement address at the 2008 IBS graduation ceremonies in May. Art is particularly focused on issues such as corporate social responsibility, global economics, and the “Green Tech” revolution and the impact of these issues on business strategies, innovation and career opportunities. In addition to membership on several “not-for-profit” boards, Art is currently a director of Cabot Corporation and A123 Systems and recently stepped down from the board of State Street Corporation.
“As a business leader with a strong global perspective, Art is passionate about anticipating the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and particularly the important role IBS can play in bridging the interests of the academic and business communities,” said Magid.