David Eccles School of Business Welcomes New Dean

May 19, 2009 – Taylor Randall, associate dean of academic affairs at the David Eccles School of Business, will replace Jack Brittain as the dean of the David Eccles School of Business on July 1, 2009. While Randall will not formally become dean until July 1, he will be in the leadership role immediately with Brittain’s support as he makes the transition.

“It is never easy to lose someone of Jack Brittain’s excellence and caliber, but there is no better person to lead the David Eccles School of Business and build on its remarkable momentum than Taylor Randall,” notes University of Utah President Michael K. Young. “He is a gifted teacher and leader, and carries an unparalleled grasp of economic performance and strategies that makes him the ideal choice for leading this great school to even greater heights. I am excited for this extraordinary opportunity, both for him and his family and very much look forward to working with him as we build on the tremendous accomplishments of his predecessor.

Randall has served on the faculty of the University of Utah’s school of accounting for the past ten years. As a member of the school’s faculty he has been named a George Eccles emerging scholar as an assistant professor and a faculty fellow as an associate professor.

Randall has served as a director for the University Venture Fund since 2003, during which time the Venture Fund has become the largest independent student-run venture in the country at over $18.3 million. He has accepted invitations to serve as a visiting faculty member at INSEAD, the Wharton School of Business and Washington University.

“It was a great privilege to work with exceptional faculty, staff and students who are the David Eccles School of Business for 10 years,” says Brittain. “I am very pleased associate professor Randall has accepted the university’s offer to become the next dean of the David Eccles School of Business. I am confident he is going to build on the success the School has had in the past and will advance the quality of the school’s programs and enhance an already strong international reputation. I look forward to working with him.”

Randall’s research interests focus on economic and performance impact of operational strategies, strategic performance measurement, product variety and supply chain complexity and econometric research in operations management. He is widely published in journals on operations management and marketing.

His professional honors include the Brady Superior Teaching Award from the University of Utah and the Wharton Teaching Award.

“I am excited and optimistic about the future of the David Eccles School of Business,” says Randall. “The school already attracts internationally recognized scholars, outstanding students and engaged staff. We are increasingly the school of choice for business education.”

Randall holds a bachelor’s with honors in accounting from the University of Utah and an MBA, master’s and doctorate in operations and information management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Randall is a third generation member of the David Eccles School of Business. His father Reed Randall served as a professor and director of the school of accounting. Randall’s grandfather, Clyde Randall was a professor and dean of the Business School. He is also an avid supporter of University of Utah Athletics.

Randall replaces Jack Brittain, Pierre Lassonde presidential chair and vice president for Technology Venture Development for the University of Utah. He served as dean from 1999-2009 and in his current role is responsible for all university commercialization activities, including the Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneur Center, the Technology Commercialization Office and all the commercial-sponsored research.

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