Tuck Announces New Academic Leaders

Punam Anand Keller, Praveen Kopalle, and Richard Sansing will join Tuck’s deanery.

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Punam Anand Keller, Praveen Kopalle, and Richard Sansing will join Tuck’s deanery.

Incoming dean and Signal Companies’ Professor of Management Matthew J. Slaughter recently announced changes to the academic leadership at Tuck with three new dean appointments, effective July 1.

Punam Anand Keller, the Charles Henry Jones Third Century Professor of Management, will assume the new role of associate dean for innovation and growth; Professor of Marketing Praveen Kopalle has been named associate dean for the MBA program; and Richard Sansing, the Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration, will serve as associate dean for faculty.

“Teamwork among leaders is the hallmark of any successful organization,” said Slaughter. “Tuck is incredibly fortunate to have such talented and dedicated individuals helping lead the school into the future.”

Keller is a world-renowned expert on decision-making and behavior change. In this new position, Keller will continue Tuck’s long tradition of innovation by helping foster new program ideas at the school.

“Tuck has given me invaluable growth opportunities,” said Keller, who has been at Tuck since 1998. “I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to galvanize Tuck's future growth.”

For her current research, which focuses on designing and implementing new consumer programs, Keller has collaborated with organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Department of the Treasury, and with companies including CVS/Caremark.

At Tuck, Keller teaches the MBA elective course, Social Marketing, and the Strategic Marketing for Health Care Organizations course in the Master of Health Care Delivery Science program. Keller also teaches in a number of Tuck Executive Education open enrollment and custom programs, including the Minority Business Education programs Building a High-Performing Minority Business and Growing the Minority Business to Scale.

At Tuck since 1996, Kopalle is a respected scholar and educator, whose research into areas including marketing management, marketing research, pricing strategies, and new-product development is both rigorous and relevant. As associate dean for the MBA program, Kopalle will continue to help refine the MBA program at Tuck, which remains the hallmark of the school’s efforts to create a world-class business education.

“I am totally excited about serving Tuck in this new capacity and look forward to working with Matt to ensure the MBA program continues to evolve to meet the demands of today’s global business environment,” said Kopalle, who recently served as chair of Tuck’s marketing group.

This spring Kopalle partnered with the Forbes CMO Network and alumni, students, faculty, and staff from Tuck in the first-ever Tuck Marketing Symposium. More than 200 participants attended panel discussions and presentations and the one-day event, which explored the theme of “Marketing in the Digital Age.”

In May, Kopalle received the Class of 2011 Teaching Excellence Award for his core course, Statistics for Managers. “The passion and energy Professor Kopalle brings to the classroom makes a typically dry subject, statistics, thoroughly enjoyable,” wrote one student when nominating of Kopalle for the award. “He genuinely cares for his students and works hard to make sure every single student is keeping up with him in class.”

Richard Sansing, who joined Tuck in 1998, is a well-known and respected scholar in tax accounting who has developed and used rigorous models to investigate how taxes shape the accounting, operation, and structure of firms, and multinational firms in particular.

“As associate dean for faculty, I look forward to working with Matt to ensure that the Tuck faculty continues to view teaching and research as complements and not substitutes,” said Sansing.

He has numerous publications in top journals and is also active in the broader accounting academic community, with multiple journal editorial positions and regular presentations at the top conferences.

At Tuck, Sansing has long taught the popular MBA elective course, Managerial Accounting. In recent years he has also served as chair of the accounting group. As Tuck’s new associate dean for faculty, brings to his role a clear commitment to faculty quality and development.