Narendra Agrawal, chair of the OMIS department, will become Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Leavey School of Business (LSB) on July 1. In the new role, he will assist Dean Drew Starbird with faculty development and strategic planning issues.
"Naren was nominated by at least a dozen of our colleagues," said Dean Starbird, making the announcement to LSB faculty last week. "His selection was heartily supported by the other department chairs, and he will serve the School and University well."
Professor Agrawal joined the LSB faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in operations management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also holds an MA in decision sciences from the Wharton School, an MS in management science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and B.Tech. from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India. Professor Agrawal has nearly 30 refereed publications or technical reports and has made well over sixty academic presentations in the US and abroad. He has served as associate editor for Management Science and for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and as an editorial review board member for Production and Operations Management. Professor Agrawal's research focuses on supply chain management, service supply chains, retail management and assortment planning, and channel dynamics.
For the last two years, Professor Agrawal has served as Chair of the OMIS department, overseeing curriculum, scheduling, hiring, and faculty evaluation. He has served the University and School in a variety of roles including chair of the MSIS review committee, member of the MBA leadership team, member of the EMBA design committee, and a member of the LSB rank and tenure committee.
In his spare time, he is a trustee of Give2Asia, a non-profit organization focused on promoting and facilitating philanthropy in Asia.