Olin Business School appoints new dean for undergraduate degree program

The Olin Business School has appointed a new associate dean and director of the undergraduate degree program. Jeff Cannon will take the reigns from Gary Hochberg on Jan. 1, 2008. Hochberg is stepping down after overseeing the BSBA program for 25 years and helping it grow to attain international recognition for excellence. Hochberg will stay on to assist with special projects.

Cannon is currently director of Kenan-Flagler Business School’s BSBA program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also teaches business history and advises honors students. In 2006, he was named director of Kenan-Flagler’s Ph.D. program. Before he joined Kenan-Flagler’s administrative team, Cannon was assistant dean of students for the University of North Carolina’s division of student affairs and judicial programs officer. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in American history from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

“Jeff possesses an extraordinary combination of management knowledge, professional experience and personal attributes,” said Mahendra Gupta, dean of the Olin Business School. “I have every confidence Jeff will carry forward our vision to become one of the world’s best business schools.”

Cannon’s appointment as head of Olin’s undergraduate program coincides with the school’s execution of a bold, long-range plan for the decade ahead.

“I am excited to be part of Olin and its world-class undergraduate program,” Cannon said. “I look forward to helping the business school build on its incredible strengths. Olin undergraduates’ prominence as managers and leaders – along with their service and citizenship – reflects the outstanding return on investment they bring to organizations across the globe.”

Joining Cannon are his wife, Sharon McMillen Cannon, a WUSTL alumna, and their daughter, Lauren, who is in fourth grade.