Michael R. Cooper Appointed Dean of Rutgers Business School (RBS)

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. and BEIJING, June 15 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- President Richard L. McCormick has announced the appointment of the distinguished business leader Michael R. Cooper as dean of Rutgers Business School. The appointment is effective June 1, 2007. The Rutgers Business School, a global leader in business education, offers an International Executive MBA in Beijing, Shanghai and Dalian.

Rosa Oppenheim, who has served as acting dean since July 2006, will resume her position as associate dean for faculty and research and professor of management science and information systems. She will also continue to teach in the Beijing and Shanghai International Executive MBA programs.

"Michael Cooper will be an outstanding dean," said Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick. "His leadership will help us to capitalize on the enormous potential of the Rutgers Business School to reach new heights of academic excellence."

"The appointment of Michael Cooper as dean of Rutgers Business School is a very significant development," commented Rutgers-Newark Provost Steven J. Diner. "We are confident that his strong record of leadership, exemplified by his successes in the business world in growing and differentiating his global companies, will enable a new era of growth and progress for Rutgers Business School."

Cooper has 25 years of leadership experience in senior executive positions in international market research, marketing services, management consulting and technology companies. "I’m honored to have been selected as business dean at such a venerated and prominent university as Rutgers," Cooper said. "I look forward to working with the faculty, administration and students, and, in particular, to advancing the reputation of the school in order to bring it into line with the school’s outstanding quality of teaching and scholarship."

Since 1999 Cooper has been chair and managing partner of Cooper Interests LLC, which he founded to provide private equity investments and business strategy counsel in selective early and mid-stage companies. From 1989 to 1999, he served as chair, president and chief executive officer of Opinion Research Corporation (ORC), which he took public on the NASDAQ. Prior to ORC, he was president of Hay Research for Management for 10 years and senior partner of The Hay Group.

In academia, Cooper served from 2002 to 2004 as founding dean of the Executive Leadership Institute and associate dean of the Howe School of Technology Management at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Much earlier in his career he taught at Suffolk University Graduate School of Business. He completed executive education at Harvard Business School and received his doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from The Ohio State University in 1972, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University.

Rutgers University has operated in China longer than any other American university. It offers a 14-month International Executive MBA in Dalian, Shanghai and Beijing. Rutgers’ prestige and international reputation have been leveraged into a program of uncompromising quality and relevance. Annually the course content is changed by approximately 40% to ensure that students are getting a program that reflects the constantly changing technology-driven business world.

The EMBA program in China mirrors that offered in the United States and to ensure a consistent quality in the content and delivery all the professors are flown from the United States to teach the courses.

A typical EMBA class is comprised of 10 to 12 different nationalities making it one of the truly international and diverse programs currently available in China. The program also has a very unique design that minimizes time away from the office and maximizes course content retention.

The Rutgers EMBA class of 2008 will begin in July 2007 in Shanghai and September 2007 in Beijing. Applications are currently being accepted for both classes.

Source: Rutgers International Executive MBA - China program, Beijing office