Sandy Wayne named acting dean of the College of Business Administration


Dear teachers, staff and students,

I write today with the bittersweet news that Michael Mikhail, dean of the College of Business Administration for 10 years, will return to the faculty after completing two five-year terms as dean on August 15.

Over the past decade, Dean Mikhail has worked tirelessly to raise the national and regional profile of the college. For more than nine years, the College of Business Administration has consistently been ranked among the top business programs for undergraduates in the Chicagoland area by U.S. News & World Report and among the top accredited programs by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Dean Mikhail’s efforts played a central role in the expansion of the College of Business Administration. These include the creation of the Mikhail Professorship through a large gift from him to the college in January and the creation of the Stuart Handler Real Estate Department in 2020, made possible through a large gift managed by Dean Mikhail, among many many others. Under his leadership, the college also experienced massive growth in student enrollment and faculty hiring. Since 2012, Dean Mikhail has not only hired sixty-five percent of the college’s tenure-track faculty, but student enrollment has also increased by more than 60 percent, culminating in a record enrollment of more than 4,700 students this fall. I look forward to Dean Mikhail’s continued contributions to the College of Business Administration as a valuable faculty member.

I, in turn, am very pleased to announce that Professor Sandy Wayne, PhD, has agreed to serve as Acting Dean of the College of Business Administration effective August 16, pending Board approval. administration of the University of Illinois. Professor Wayne is currently Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the College of Business Administration, has been a member of the business faculty since 1987, faculty director for UIC Business Scholars and co-director of the Institute for Leadership Excellence and Development. Her career is one of continued success and although her tenure as Acting Dean will only last for one year, I know that Professor Wayne will not only keep the college running smoothly, but that she will also be a successful leader who will continue to to fuel the college years. long upward trajectory.

A national search will soon be launched to find a new dean for the college, with the aim of concluding the search by August 2023. The College of Business Administration has been and continues to be a national leader in the field of business education and this research will gather further information. the attention of business school leaders locally and nationally.

Please join me in thanking Dean Mikhail for a decade of outstanding service to the College of Business Administration, and in congratulating and welcoming Professor Wayne as Acting Dean beginning this fall.


Javier Reyes
Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs


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