Business Dean Steps Down

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Matthew L. O’Connor, dean of the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, to step down at the end of Spring 2021 semester

Matthew L. O’Connor, dean of the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, will step down at the end of the Spring 2021 semester, according to an announcement made to the university community by Provost Debra Liebowtiz.

O’Connor will return to his faculty role as a professor of finance.

“For the past 12 years, Matt has helped grow the school and the impact of the business programs, which have prepared future generations of business leaders and executives for career success,” Liebowitz said. “I have greatly appreciated Matt’s perspective and collegiality, and I look forward to continuing to learn from and work closely with him during this academic year.”

Headshot of Matthew O'Connor, Dean of the School of Business

Matthew L. O’Connor

Dean of the School of Business at Quinnipiac University

As dean, O’Connor oversaw the launch of several new degree programs, including the four-year accelerated BS/MBA, the online MBA, and the online graduate programs in business analytics and organizational leadership. He also was instrumental in creating the Global Asset Management Education (GAME) Forum, which has become the largest student-run financial conference in the world, and played a pivotal role in extending the AACSB accreditation of the school’s business and accounting programs earlier this year. In addition to his duties as dean, O’Connor has stayed active in the business community, serving on the board of directors of several organizations, including the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and ReSET, a nonprofit social enterprise trust.

The university has hired Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm, and appointed Jennifer Gerarda Brown, dean of the School of Law, to lead a national search for a new School of Business dean.