Associate Dean for Instructional Innovation Prabhudev Konana, Ph.D., has been named dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
Konana has served at the McCombs School of Business for the last 25 years in various capacities, from professor of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, to chair of the department, to his current position as associate dean for instructional innovation. He holds both the Thomas O. Hicks Endowed Chair in Business and the William H. Seay Centennial Professorship of Information Management. His numerous awards and honors include the Texas Regent’s Outstanding Teacher Award and induction into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
“Prabhudev’s talent, leadership, experience, and future-focused thinking have been instrumental in accelerating our efforts to implement new innovative teaching methods, competitive courses and programs, and advanced technology throughout the McCombs school,” said McCombs School of Business Interim Dean Lillian Mills. “His departure is a great loss for our university and our college, but an incredible gain for the Smith School of Business.”
While at McCombs, Konana championed innovative specialty programs, technology-enabled instruction, and experiential learning, and has developed strategic partnerships with businesses to support transformative research and learning experiences for students. He launched the first master of science (M.S.) program in business analytics, now highly ranked nationally and globally, and also developed a new M.S. program in information technology and management, steeped in emerging technologies such as blockchain and Internet of Things. He also helped launch the M.S. in Health Care Transformation within the Value Institute for Health and Care, a joint venture between the McCombs School of Business and Dell Medical School.
“In 25 years at McCombs, I have experienced the challenging landscape of business education, particularly within a large public school. I’m looking forward to using all my past experience to bring together a bold vision, identity, and sustainable strategy to meet the changing landscape at Maryland Smith,” said Konana.
Perhaps Konana’s commitment to students is best demonstrated by his efforts over the past nine months. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the effort to pivot all Texas McCombs classes to either fully remote or hybrid, training the entire faculty to use new hardware and software, both in the classroom and from home, to ensure that students continue to receive the highest quality education possible during this unprecedented time.
“We are grateful to Prabhudev for his commitment and dedication to UT and the McCombs school over the last two decades, and in particular these past few semesters,” said Eric Hirst, senior associate dean for academic affairs at Texas McCombs. “Because of him and his visionary thinking, our students are more competitive, and McCombs is better prepared for the challenges of the future. We wish him incredible success in this new venture.”
Konana’s appointment at the Smith School of Business will be effective January 2, 2021, and he will remain at McCombs through the end of the fall semester.