Senior faculty appointed to leadership positions at Brandeis International Business School

Kathryn Graddy and Peter Petri.

Peter Petri, the Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance and a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center, has been appointed interim dean of Brandeis International Business School. Kathryn Graddy, the Fred and Rita Richman Distinguished Professor in Economics, has been named senior associate dean.

Both appointments are effective August 15.

Professor Petri had earlier served as the founding dean of Brandeis IBS from 1994 to 2006.  A member of the Brandeis economics faculty since 1974, Petri is an internationally renowned authority on international trade, finance and investment.  He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center in Honolulu and as a Visiting Fellow of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington.  He has consulted with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank, and has held visiting appointments at universities in China and Japan. His AB and PhD in economics are from Harvard University.

Professor Petri succeeds Bruce Magid, who stepped down as IBS dean earlier this month. Petri will lead IBS while a global search is conducted for a permanent dean.

Professor Graddy is a highly regarded scholar in the economics of art and culture and industrial organization. She has a joint appointment at Brandeis IBS and the Brandeis department of economics, and is the former chair of the economics department. Graddy will start as Senior Associate Dean at IBS with a three-year initial term. She holds a PhD from Princeton University, an MBA from Columbia University, and a BA from Tulane University.

In making the announcement, Brandeis Provost Lisa M. Lynch called both appointees highly respected economists and proven leaders. “Peter’s vision and leadership took a strong graduate program in international economics and finance and transformed it into a globally recognized business school,” said Lynch. She also stressed that Graddy’s deep experience as a faculty member at both IBS and the university’s economics department will ensure a smooth start to the academic year as well as continued progress in the future. “The university is extremely fortunate to have both of them in these important roles.”

“These two appointments ensure consistent, strong leadership at Brandeis IBS, which will continue to flourish as a leading, globally focused business school through this transition,” said Alan Hassenfeld, co-chair of the Brandeis IBS Board of Overseers. Fellow co-chair David Hodes added, “The board looks forward to collaborating with Peter and Katy as we work together, preparing our students to become effective leaders and managers across cultures and borders.”

Brandeis International Business School provides an education grounded in rigorous economic and financial theory and gives students the knowledge, skills and experiences they need to build rewarding lives as citizens and professionals in the global economy. The school is located in close proximity to Boston, Massachusetts, and is part of Brandeis University, one of the world's leading research universities.

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