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About the Dean

Stefanie Lenway, Ph.D., began her tenure at the Opus College of Business in August 2014. A researcher, author and consultant on global technology innovation, Lenway has also been a university business professor, department chair or dean for the past 33 years.

Twenty-one of those years were at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. She began teaching there in 1984 as an assistant professor of strategic management and organization and rose through the ranks to become chair of her department and, from 2002 to 2005, associate dean. She was dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2005 to 2010, and has served as the Eli and Edythe L. Broad Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State since 2010.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she received a bachelor’s in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her M.B.A. and Ph.D. in business administration are from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lenway began her teaching career in 1981 as an assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, where she was named Teacher of the Year in 1984. That year her doctoral dissertation on the politics of international trade received the Best Dissertation Award from the Academy of Management and was published by Pitman.

While at the University of Minnesota, she was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor, again received a best teacher award, and with international field work funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, co-wrote her second book, Managing New Industry Creation. The book chronicles the history of the global liquid-crystal, flat-screen television industry and was published by Stanford University Press. It was co-written by Dr. Jeffrey Hart and Dr. Thomas Murtha, Lenway’s husband and frequent partner in writing scholarly papers and articles on international business.

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