named chair of deans
At the annual
meeting of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans held
in Vancouver in April, Dr. Bill Blake, dean of the Faculty of
Business Administration, was elected chair for a two-year term
effective July 1, 2000.
Federation of Business School Deans, founded in 1976, is the
professional association for deans and directors of faculties
of business and management in Canada. It has a membership of
approximately 50 university level business schools representing
2,800 faculty members and 120,000 students across Canada. The
goals of the federation are to raise the profile of management
education, to help member institutions strengthen their programs
and capabilities, and to play an advocacy role.
priority of the federation during my tenure will be to build
awareness among key stakeholders of the important role business
faculties must play with respect to increasing productivity within
the Canadian economy, said Dr. Blake. One of the
ways we will try to accomplish this is to initiate a dialogue
with senior government officials and business leaders. We want
to increase their awareness of the challenges and opportunities
facing management education institutions and to discuss ways
in which business schools can contribute to enhancing productivity.
facing management education in Canada are numerous. While Dr.
Blake sees great potential for business schools to participate
more fully in the productivity agenda, he also believes their
ability to do so may be threatened by looming problems of faculty
recruitment and retention.
clearly a sellers market for business faculty and this
will become increasingly true as a result of the expected wave
of faculty retirements over the next 10 years coupled with an
increased demand for business education, says Dr. Blake.
is compounded by the fact that top business schools in the United
States have far greater financial resources than their Canadian
counterparts and are able to offer Canadian faculty better facilities
and higher salaries.