Dynamic Learning Community : Q&A with Incoming Eller College Dean Leonard Jessup
By Liz Warren-Pederson
UA and Eller College alumnus Leonard Jessup will become dean of the Eller College of Management in May. The UA announced his appointment in late January, following a nationwide search headed by a committee of university leaders, faculty, alumni, and students.
Jessup is currently chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems and director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington State University (WSU). He completed his doctoral studies at the UA in management and organizational behavior and MIS under the advisement of Eller Professor of Management Terry Connolly and Regents Professor of MIS Jay Nunamaker.
In 2000, Jessup was recruited from a tenured faculty position at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University to head the Department of MIS at WSU. During more than a decade at WSU, he served in a variety of leadership roles, including dean of the College of Business, vice president of university development, and president of the WSU Foundation.
eller buzz checked in with him to learn more about his background and what’s ahead for the Eller College.
Eller Buzz: Could you talk about what motivated you to pursue the position of dean here at Eller?
Leonard Jessup: My time at the UA as a student in the late 1980s was transformational for me and changed the trajectory of my life, both professionally and personally, in ways that are profound and still paying off. I will forever be indebted to the institution and people who helped shape my life. I was excited about the prospect of coming back and giving back to the place and the people who gave me so much.