Micheál Kelly is leaving his current post at the University of Ottawa to become dean of the Laurier School of Business & Economics.
"Laurier's (school) has a great reputation among Canadian business schools for the quality of its students, faculty, programs, research and alumni," stated Mr. Kelly. "All of the ingredients are there to build an institution of global significance and prominence."
While helming Telfer between 2000 and 2010, Mr. Kelly oversaw the school's earning of three major international accreditations, positioning Telfer competitively among other schools offering MBAs. His stated goal upon joining was to raise $25 million for a new building in 2007, which the school achieved.
In a June 2010 interview with OBJ shortly after leaving the helm, he said he was not prepared for what was involved with the dean's job.
"I've had CEOs tell me they wouldn't want this job, because you have to do a lot of selling. You can't command obedience (at a university) - academics, by their nature, are very independent. And you need to spend a lot of time convincing people, and in a very collegial way."
Mr. Kelly is currently a professor of strategic and international management at Telfer, with research focusing on items such as the competitive strategies of technology firms.
He also serves as an adviser to technology firms globally on financing, investment and management.
His previous experience encompassed several positions in the federal government, including foreign affairs, international trade, industry, and science and technology.