CLAREMONT – A former dean of the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University, Lawrence Crosby, was named Henry Y. Hwang Dean of Claremont Graduate University’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management.
The announcement of Crosby, who will also be a management professor, came on Monday. He will start on Aug. 1.
“The legacy of Peter Drucker has helped maintain a focus on such overarching leadership issues as organizational effectiveness, innovation, employee and customer relationships, management of knowledge workers, social responsibility and individual well-being,” Crosby said in a statement. “All are approached from a transdisciplinary perspective. I admire how the faculty and students are bridging these topics with contemporary concerns around big data, the cloud, mobility, sustainability, ethical decision-making, governance, global competitiveness, design thinking, and the development of new business models.”
CGU president Deborah Freund said university officials were “excited” to welcome Crosby.
“He is an outstanding example of an entrepreneur, a manager, and an academic leader,” Freund said in a statement. “He built his successful career answering the famous question posed by Peter Drucker, ‘What does the customer consider value?’ We are eager to bring him together with our outstanding Drucker School faculty and students to move the school to the next level.”
Crosby said he looked forward to the future of the Drucker School.
“The Drucker School has a rich tradition and an exciting future,” Crosby said in the release. “As dean, I will work to sustain that momentum and continue to deepen our ties with the creative industries, the Inland Empire, and our international partners.”
According to the news release, Crosby was dean of the Spears School from 2010 to 2013 and created the Watson Graduate School of Management, the PhD in Business for Executives program and raised funds for a new business school building.
He also, according to the release, improved the US News and World Report rankings for the school that was cited as one of only four schools nationwide to achieve 100 percent placement for MBA graduates within three months of graduation.