Edward Snyder Will Be the Beinecke Professor When He Starts His Term as SOM Dean Next Year

Edward A. Snyder, who will become dean of the Yale School of Management (SOM) on July 1, 2011, has been named the William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management, effective at the start of his term.

Snyder, who is currently the dean of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, will step down from that post on June 30 of this year. He will assume the deanship of Yale SOM following a year’s leave.

His research interests include industrial organization, antitrust economics, law and economics, and financial institutions. He has published in many academic journals. At Chicago Booth, he has co-taught “Economic Analysis of Major Policy Issues” with fellow economists Gary Becker, a 1992 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, and Kevin Murphy, a 2005 MacArthur Fellow.

Snyder has served as dean of Chicago Booth since 2001, and is also the George Shultz Professor of Economics there. As dean, he oversaw the move to the school’s new Hyde Park campus, expanded the school’s presence in Singapore and established a major new campus in London. In 2008, he announced a $300 million gift from Chicago alumnus David Booth and his family, which was the largest donation in the history of the University of Chicago and the largest gift to any business school in the world. During Snyder’s tenure, the school successfully completed a capital campaign and more than doubled its endowment. It more than tripled its scholarship assistance to students.

Snyder began his professional career as an economist with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He began his academic career on the faculty of the business school of the University of Michigan, where he also served as senior associate dean and founding director of the Davidson Institute, which focuses on emerging markets. Before moving to the University of Chicago, he was the dean and Charles C. Abbott Professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business from 1998 to 2001. At Darden, he directed an expansion of the school’s M.B.A. program, worked to improve the diversity of the student body, increased the school’s executive education offerings and led highly successful fundraising efforts, including a record gift from a single donor.

When Yale President Richard C. Levin announced Snyder as the new SOM dean earlier this year, he noted that the economist is “widely regarded as the most successful business school dean in the nation.”

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