Noted academic new Commerce dean

UBC has appointed Daniel F. Muzyka, a noted academic with extensive private sector experience, dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration following an international search.

"I am very pleased that Daniel Muzyka is joining UBC," says Barry McBride, vice-president, Academic and Provost. "I think he will bring outstanding leadership to the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. He brings experience from some of the finest institutions of business education in the world as well as corporate experience in both large and small companies."

Muzyka, presently on sabbatical at Harvard Business School, comes to UBC from INSEAD, a leading institution in international management education in Fontaine-bleau, France.

He most recently served as director of INSEAD's research centre dedicated to the study of entrepreneurship, the 3i Venturelab. Muzyka was also the INSEAD Alumni Fund Professor of Entrepreneurship and was formerly associate dean of the institute's MBA program.

"I am looking forward to the opportunity -- building on the strong research tradition of UBC -- to increase the faculty's recognized impact on business and management through continued and enhanced excellence in research, teaching and involvement with the business community," says Muzyka.

Muzyka has been a strategy analyst with General Electric and was employed in the company's finance operations. He also served as director of the Wharton School Computer Centre at the University of Pennsylvania. As a consultant, he has undertaken business and market strategy studies for both private and public sector international clients.

Muzyka received his doctorate from Harvard specializing in business policy and entrepreneurship. He received a Master of Business Administration with distinction from Wharton with a concentration in strategic planning.

He earned his BA with honours in physics and astronomy from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Muzyka also studied and conducted research at the California Institute of Technology as well as the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn.

Muzyka is the co-author and editor of several books related to business and commerce, including Mastering Enterprise, which was published in a series of installments in the Financial Times, the Financial Post and other business newspapers around the globe.

He is expected to take up his appointment later this summer.