April 8, 2009
BEL Salutes Larry DeBrock, the New Dean of the College of Business
From the College of Business website:
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Lawrence DeBrock, a noted economist and longtime University of Illinois professor and administrator, has been named dean of the university’s College of Business, pending approval by the U. of I. Board of Trustees at its May 21 meeting in Chicago.
DeBrock has served as interim dean of the nationally ranked business school since 2008, when former dean Avijit Ghosh was named vice president for technology and economic development.
Chancellor Richard Herman was quoted about Dean DeBrock:
“In his role as interim dean he has shown an ability to provide vision and get people to follow him. He is an individual of considerable accomplishment and speaks passionately about the college – its faculty, staff and students and has great support from them. We are delighted to send his name to our board.”
DeBrock's appointment would be the ninth dean in 95 years for the college, which is also rated in the Top Twenty in terms of scholarly output and impact. The College is also rated in the top 15 in undergraduate programs and in the top 40 of graduate school programs.
DeBrock says his three decades at the U. of I. will be an advantage in building on recent successes such as faculty hiring, building programs, expanding student facilities and improving external relations.
Larry is a dedicated educator as well as an excellent scholar. He uses BEL over the campus network frequently. BEL salutes Dean DeBrock for this distinguished position as he has a great love for the University, has the trust of his colleagues, and the students feel they can come to him for advice. He's also one of the Chicago Cubs' enthusiastic fans.