UCLA Anderson Professor of Finance Mark Garmaise has been named dean of the Full-time MBA program, effective July 1, 2014. UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian made the announcement.
“In Mark, we have a combination of remarkable talents – an outstanding teacher who is dedicated to his MBA students, and a trailblazing scholar who infuses his teaching with relevant and emerging research findings,” said Olian.
Garmaise graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an AB in Mathematics and Philosophy before receiving his Ph.D. in Finance from Stanford GSB in 1998. He was appointed assistant professor at Chicago Booth and joined UCLA Anderson as a visiting assistant professor in the finance area in 2001. As a corporate finance scholar, Garmaise has focused his academic research on using empirical data to investigate the effects of asymmetric information and incomplete contracting as they relate to real estate markets and entrepreneurial firms.
Garmaise has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2006 Eric and “E” Juline Excellence in Research Award, along with every teaching award given by UCLA Anderson School faculty. In addition, students have awarded him two teaching honors: the FEMBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and the MBA Teaching Excellence Award in 2011.
He succeeds senior associate dean Andrew Ainslie, who has been named the dean of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School. Ainslie joined Anderson in 2000 and has led the Full-time MBA program since 2010. “His unrestrained passion for MBA education and his clear analytic focus to drive strategic actions will no doubt advance the Simon School just as it benefitted Anderson,” said Olian.