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Professor of Organisational Behaviour to take up position as Interim Dean from 1st December.

Published Tuesday, 16th November, 2021 in University news

Professor Andre Spicer has been appointed as Bayes Business School’s Interim Dean.

Professor Spicer, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Head of the School’s Faculty of Management will formally take up the role on Wednesday 1st December 2021.

Professor Spicer replaces outgoing Dean Professor Paolo Volpin, who has been appointed as Professor of Finance, Stratakis Chair of Corporate Governance and Academic Director of the Gupta Corporate Governance Institute at Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Professor Spicer said he was looking forward to driving Bayes Business School forward following the recent name change.

“I’m excited about helping to write the next chapter for our business school,” Professor Spicer said.

“I have three main priorities in my role. Firstly, I want to continue bringing our new identity to life. This means ensuring Bayes is more than just a name, and its values should infuse everything we do.

“Secondly, I want to help strengthen our core by refreshing our programmes, re-engaging our globally-renowned faculty members, leveraging our world-class research and improving our student offering.

“Finally, I would like to explore new future directions. This means reinvigorating executive education, ensuring we harness the power of technology and investigating opportunities for new programmes and offerings.

“Bayes is a business school which develops inquisitive business professionals. These are professionals who care for their community, are willing to rethink their assumptions and have the courage to act. We want to see Bayesians continue to move into a wide range of business professions and making a big difference – in their organisations, in their industries and in their communities more generally.”

Professor Paolo Volpin, who has served as Dean of Bayes Business School for more than two years having been appointed as Interim Dean in 2019, will remain with the School in a teaching capacity, visiting and supervising current PhD students.

“My time as Dean at Bayes Business School has certainly been eventful,” Professor Volpin said.

“Leading through both a pandemic and a major rebrand have been very challenging, but I am immensely proud of what has been achieved here in such a relatively short space of time.

“As Bayes Business School, I can only see the institution going from strength to strength and am very optimistic about the future.

“I look forward to maintaining my links with the School through teaching, and am excited to see the direction of travel under both Professor Spicer and the next permanent Dean.”

Professor Spicer will be assisted in the role by Professor Caroline Wiertz, Professor of Marketing and Professor Richard Payne, Professor of Finance, who have been appointed as Deputy Deans.