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Smith School Dean Triantis to Step Down

By Maryland Today Staff

After more than 25 years of service to the University of Maryland, Alexander Triantis will step down as dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business on Aug. 14. He will be joining the Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business as dean.

Ritu Agarwal, the Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems and senior associate dean for faculty and research, will serve as interim dean while the university conducts a nationwide search for a permanent successor.

Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin lauded Triantis, Triantis, a finance professor who became dean in 2013, for his work leading the Smith School in transforming classroom teaching and student engagement, and building its reputation worldwide by increasing the visibility and reach of research activities.

Under his leadership the school has invested in new master’s programs, new dual degree programs and new minors for non-business undergraduates; it has also launched initiatives to ensure an inclusive and supportive environment for the school’s diverse student body.

“I would like to express my gratitude to Dean Triantis for his service to the Smith School and the university,” Rankin said.

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