Ronald Anderson steps down as dean of Temple’s Fox Business School


Ronald C. Anderson, who took over as head of Temple University’s Fox School of Business after a grading scandal that unfolded in 2018, will step down next June, the university announced Tuesday.

Anderson, who had served as a professor and director of the finance department, was named acting dean in July 2018 after the firing of then-dean Moshe Porat, who was later sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his role in the submission of incorrect information in the United States. News and world report. Anderson, who also runs the school for sports, tourism and hospitality, got the permanent job in 2019.

“The school needed a calm, steady voice to move it forward,” Provost Gregory Mandel said in an email to the campus community. “Ron was able to provide all of this and more. Over the past four years, he has helped guide the school through unprecedented challenges and uncertainties and worked to regain the trust of his peers and rebuild the reputation of school.

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The school is planning a nationwide search for a new dean, Mandel said.

Reached by phone shortly after the announcement, Anderson, 63, said he told faculty and staff early on that he intended to serve only one term, and that -it had been quite difficult. The school first had to recover from the scandal, then it, like the rest of higher education, was upended by the pandemic.

Temple faces a drop of 1,500 undergraduate students this fall, and Fox will see its share of that, Anderson said.

“The time has come,” he said. “Fox is past the worst of the ranking problem. I’m pretty good at crisis management. I think it’s time to bring a new voice and at least a partially new vision for the school.

Anderson, who joined Fox in 2012, previously worked for more than a decade at American University and before that in business. An expert in internal control systems, corporate governance and executive compensation, he will remain a professor after the end of his term.

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He began the work when the school – which has around 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students and employs around 500 faculty and staff – was overwhelmed by controversy. Its online MBA program had ranked No. 1 for four consecutive years in US News & World Report before the school reported that it had submitted inaccurate information and a subsequent investigation found that the school did so “knowingly”.

Government and criminal investigations followed, costing Temple millions in legal settlements with state and federal investigators and former students suing, claiming their degrees had been devalued.

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Under Anderson, Fox overhauled the way it collects and submits ranking data, with reviewers inside and outside of Fox verifying its accuracy. The school has emphasized rankings during his tenure and in an interview last December after Porat was convicted by a jury, Anderson told The Inquirer that the school is focused on students and the educational innovation, research and an inclusive culture.

“Rankings are nice and it’s good to be ranked well, but that’s not the point,” Anderson said at the time. “It should be a byproduct.”

He also led the school through its reaccreditation process and oversaw the school’s launch of an MBA-level virtual reality course and the opening of the Center for Ethics, Diversity and Culture. in a working environment. He said he is also proud to have restored a strong sense of faculty governance to the school.


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