Scott DeRue to Leave Ross’s Deanship

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Five years after becoming dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Scott DeRue has announced that he will step down in May.

In an email sent to the Ross community, DeRue said he would take a senior executive position in the private sector and described his time at Ross as “the greatest professional honor of my life.”

During his time at Ross, DeRue oversaw a variety of program changes, from adding a STEM track to the school’s MBA program to the creation of new master’s programs

According to Poets & Quants, Ross was the only school to have every one of its specialized programs rank in US News’s rankings this year.

More recently, DeRue’s focus has been on issues of diversity. Ross announced a number of new diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in June, and in August the school brought in $6 million to support those initiatives. 

Since then, some Ross students have continued to criticize a perceived lack of diversity at the school. In announcing his resignation, DeRue pointed out that Ross has “achieved new records for gender, URM, and first-generation representation among our students” during his tenure.

DeRue will be followed by an interim dean appointed by University of Michigan provost Susan Collins when DeRue departs at the end of the semester, as the search for a permanent replacement begins. 

The unexpected announcement that DeRue will step down comes during a year in which the pandemic has already brought uncertainty to Ross. 

The B-school responded to the pandemic by extending a deferral option to international students, and it saw applications for its MBA Class of 2022 decline while the acceptance rate rose from 31 to 37 percent. 

Still, DeRue struck an upbeat note about Ross’s future, saying in his email that he was “filled with hope and optimism knowing that Michigan Ross has a strong foundation to build upon and is positioned for a very bright future.”

Indeed, Ross, which ranked 13th in US News’s recently released MBA rankings, does seem poised to continue holding a place as a leading US business school. 

For MBA applicants interested in Ross, the uncertainty that comes with a change in deanship doesn’t change the most effective application strategy, which is still to convey a compelling and memorable personal brand.

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