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With strengthened Lally School status,
Dean Simon announces departure

Leadership of the Lally School

This spring the Lally School of Management and Technology reached a milestone in its efforts to achieve ever-higher levels of recognition and respect. It was listed among the top 13 business schools for entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur magazine, a ranking that placed it firmly among the top-tier of business schools in the United States.

This accomplishment is indicative of the progress that has been made at the Lally School under the leadership of Dean Denis Simon. A renowned expert on China, Dean Simon has helped to elevate the Lally School's reputation globally, while revamping and enhancing its curriculum and creating new linkages between Rensselaer and Asia.

It is against this backdrop of achievement that Dean Simon is announcing his departure from Rensselaer effective June 28, 2004. He has accepted the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce, which is a new State University of New York program in New York City. In this role, Dean Simon will lead the institute's efforts to create a new curriculum built in management and international affairs, and to build a graduate faculty in these areas.

Starting immediately, we will undertake an international search for a new dean to build upon the entrepreneurial spirit and innovative pedagogy in the Lally School, which are the hallmarks of Rensselaer. We will appoint an interim dean in the near future.

Please join me in congratulating Dean Simon on his new endeavor.

Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. President