On July 1, 2015, Dr. Arjang A. Assad became the 7th dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business & College of Business Administration. As dean, he oversees educational programs for nearly 3,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and more than 90 full-time faculty. Dr. Assad's top priorities are to further enhance the size and quality of the research faculty and to place even greater emphasis on the Experience-Based Learning that is a hallmark of Pitt Business.
Assad holds four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — a doctorate in management science from its Sloan School of Management, master’s degrees in chemical engineering and operations research, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
He most recently served for seven years as the dean of the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, School of Management. While he was at Buffalo, the faculty and school expanded both in size and reputation. Under his leadership, the school developed key strategic priorities — including new programs in health care management, leadership, and entrepreneurship — that advanced both the school and the university. He also launched important initiatives designed to enrich learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Management, and he enhanced the school’s research agenda through faculty hires and the creation of research fellowships designed to recognize faculty achievement.
Previously, Assad held positions of increasing responsibility at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he was instrumental in launching the highly ranked Decision, Operations & Information Technologies Department, and where, as senior associate dean, he was a key member of the leadership team during a period of exceptional growth. In 2007, he was named the inaugural Dean’s Professor for Extraordinary Service in recognition of his service to the school.
Widely recognized for his scholarly contributions to operations and quality management, optimization of distribution systems, and the history of operations research, Assad has authored or edited more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters, and has served as a member of the editorial boards of several prestigious scholarly journals, including Operations Research,Transportation Science, and Production and Operations Management. He has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the Kirwan Undergraduate Education Award, the University of Maryland’s highest campus recognition for contributions to undergraduate education.