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START WEEK ONE: OBJECTIVE: Choose a Committee Hire a new dean in 16 weeks! The Search Is On Business schools take 18 months, on average, to hire a new dean—a long time to be left without a permanent leader. But by committing to a plan and a few key principles, the University of Alabama shortened the process to just 16 weeks. 40 January/February 2014 BizEd BY RON DULEK T he median length of tenure for a business school dean is just more than three years, according to data from AACSB International. That figure is frightening in itself, but even more frightening is that after a dean steps down, it takes 18 months on average for a business school to hire a new one. That means that business schools are led by lame duck or interim lead-

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