MARQUETTE – Rajib Sanyal is the new dean of the Walker L. Cisler College of Business at Northern Michigan University, effective Aug. 1.
"I am excited at the opportunity to lead Northern's business college," Sanyal said. "It is well situated to serve as a key driver of economic development in the region. The college's human and intellectual resources offer the promise of building on its record of positively changing the lives of students and the lives of the citizens in the community. It is this promise, I should say, that attracts me to Northern."
Sanyal previously served as a professor of management and division head at The College of New Jersey – formerly Trenton State College. In that capacity, he was responsible for administering academic majors in accounting, economics, finance and international business with 19 full-time and six part-time faculty.
This past academic year, he was selected for an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship—a program designed to develop administrators for senior positions in universities and colleges. He spent the fellowship year at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
Sanyal said he is looking forward to establishing mutually beneficial partnerships with business and civic entities in the region.
He has been a consultant for many years on academic issues, especially on distance education and test development. He also directed a non-profit management development program for executive directors of non-governmental organizations in Trenton.
Sanyal’s academic expertise is in the area of employee-labor relations. He holds a doctorate on the subject from Georgia State University and a master’s in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sanyal completed his undergraduate studies in accountancy and business at the universities of Calcutta and Delhi in India.