Brandeis International Business School

Linda Bui named associate dean of academic programs at Brandeis International Business School (IBS)

Appointment rounds out Dean Kathryn Graddy’s leadership team for new academic year

Kathryn Graddy and Linda Bui.

Brandeis IBS Dean Kathryn Graddy (left) and Associate Dean of Academic Programs Linda Bui.

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Dean Kathryn Graddy has appointed Linda Bui as the school's new associate dean of academic programs.

Graddy, who started as dean July 1, has also appointed three new program directors — rounding out her leadership team for the upcoming academic year.

An associate professor of economics at Brandeis IBS, Bui's academic research focuses on environmental economics, industrial organization and public economics. Bui has served as director of the school's PhD program since 2017.

"Linda is a serious researcher who has done a phenomenal job leading our PhD program," said Graddy. "As associate dean of academic programs, she will bring valuable experience to the collective effort of maintaining the highest standards for our academically rigorous, globally focused programs at Brandeis IBS."

Bui's appointment comes at the recommendation of a search committee comprised of Kate Goldfield, associate dean for academic affairs and student exper­ience; Blake LeBaron, the Abram L. and Thelma Sachar Chair of International Economics; Andrew Molinsky, professor of international management and organizational behavior; and Grace Zimmerman, professor of the practice of marketing.

"We've seen Linda in action and respect and know her," wrote search committee members in their recommendation. "She has relevant insider knowledge, existing positive relationships with faculty and a strong relationship with the incoming dean. We sense that the two of them will make a good team."

Bui earned her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has previously taught at MIT, Boston University and the University of Michigan and is a member of several E.P.A. Science Advisory Board subcommittees.

As PhD program director at Brandeis IBS, Bui revised the curriculum, introduced a new third-year paper requirement and led the recruitment of a high-quality entering cohort. Graddy also noted that Bui has been a "driving force" behind the school's economics curriculum in recent years.

Bui will continue serving as PhD program director for the remainder of her term while assuming the duties of associate dean.

Bui will be joined on the school's Program Coordination Committee by three new directors. George Hall, the Fred C. Hecht Professor of Economics, will oversee the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MA) program. Professor of the Practice of Finance Robert Reitano will serve as director of the Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program. And Blake LeBaron, the Abram L. and Thelma Sachar Professor of International Economics, will direct the new Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program.

Professor of International Business Ben Gomes-Casseres will continue serving as director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Elizabeth Brainerd, the Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in Economics and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, will serve as chair of Brandeis University's Economics Department. Associate Professor of Business Aldo Musacchio will chair the Undergraduate Business Program. Both will also serve on the Program Coordination Committee.

"I'm excited to work alongside this uniquely talented and experienced group," said Graddy. "Together, our associate dean of academic programs and the Program Coordination Committee will advance the mission of Brandeis IBS by ensuring that our academic offering continues to provide the rigorous, cutting-edge training that helps our students launch successful careers."

Graddy thanked former program directors Musacchio (MA), Debarshi Nandy (MSF) and former undergraduate business program chair Edward Bayone for their standout work.

"Their leadership has set Brandeis IBS up for future success," said Graddy.

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