Dr. Avinandan (Avi) Mukherjee is currently the Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marshall University. In this role, Dr. Mukherjee is responsible for all Academic Affairs (including nine colleges and two schools), Student Affairs, Research, and Enrollment Management, with 564 full-time faculty and 370 staff/administrators. Two vice presidents (VP research, VP for student and intercultural affairs), the associate provost, the assistant provost, three associate vice presidents, nine academic deans, the dean of admissions and enrollment services, and the new Division of Aviation all report directly to the Provost. The Provost is responsible for $97.5M in academic expenditures and slightly over $50M in research expenditures.
As Dean of the AACSB-accredited Lewis College of Business at Marshall University from 2017 to 2021, Avi has managed the entire College of Business as the chief academic, financial, personnel, and administrative officer, responsible for faculty, students, curriculum, budgets, and external engagement. Since starting at Marshall University in July 2017, Dean Avi has led a comprehensive reimagination of the Lewis College of Business in active collaboration with numerous external and internal stakeholders. Some of his major accomplishments as Dean include; securing the largest gift in college history of $25 million from Brad and Alys Smith; planning for and overseeing progress on the new College of Business building; getting the Lewis College of Business nationally ranked in several media outlets; launching the Doctor of Business Administration program; launching the first fully online program from the Lewis College of Business; launching the first STEM program from the College; creating the iCenter – Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; securing successful Maintenance of Accreditation in Business and Accounting by AACSB International in 2018; promoting numerous experiential learning initiatives including the Business and Economics Research Symposium; garnering more than $750,000 in research and community grants; launching the new Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series with CEO-level speakers on campus; initiating several new international partnerships; and managing record enrollment growth and record fund-raising.
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