Published 07/30/13

Madan Annavarjula named associate dean of College of Business

SMITHFIELD, R.I. –  Bryant University, a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education, has appointed Madan Annavarjula, Ph.D., as associate dean of the College of Business. The move underscores Annavarjula’s role in growing the University’s nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate international business offerings since he came to Bryant in 2006.

“Bryant is a leader in international education, propelled by our strategic plan and our mission to prepare students to succeed in an age of unlimited global opportunity,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. “Madan’s passion for helping students understand the interconnectedness of international business has helped elevate us to a top-ranked institution where men and women from 85 countries come to learn and prepare themselves to compete in the global marketplace,” added Vice President for Academic Affairs José-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D.

“Madan’s passion for helping students understand the interconnectedness of international business has helped elevate us to a top-ranked institution."

Bryant’s Bachelor of Science in International Business program (BSIB), which was developed under the academic leadership of then Vice President for Academic Affairs V.K. Unni, D.B.A., is one of the few in the country to offer concentrations in business functions including accounting, computer information systems, entrepreneurship, finance, global supply chain management, management, and marketing. Faculty help students develop a global perspective with real-world learning experiences that address international issues faced by managers of multinational companies and the role of technology in business, especially as it relates to globalization.

In addition to its flagship BSIB degree, Bryant has recently expanded its international business programs to include an undergraduate major in global supply chain management and new Master of Business (MBA) specializations in international business, global finance, and global supply chain management. 

Unique learning opportunities, such as the Sophomore International Experience and the MBA Global Immersion Experience, help Bryant students expand their global perspective with intensive study abroad in 50 countries. According to Annavarjula, Bryant is positioned at the forefront of global education. “Bryant has a global community wherein the faculty and students succeed together,” he says. “Bryant’s innovative programs are designed to bring an international perspective into the classroom. Through a wide range of experiential learning opportunities, our students benefit from integrating the latest theory with real-world practice."

In appointing Professor Annavarjula as associate dean, Dr. Unni, currently serving as interim dean for Bryant’s College of Business, congratulated him on the significant impact he has had on Bryant’s international programs. During his tenure as coordinator of Bryant’s International Business program, Annavarjula established Bryant’s innovative International Business Practicum, a hands-on project that pairs seniors with advisors and regional companies to conduct market research and develop strategies that meet companies’ goals. These features contributed to the program’s dramatic rise in Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2013 undergraduate international business program rankings, placing Bryant at 16th among 123 programs nationwide ranked in business specialty areas.    

Prior to his appointment as associate dean, Annavarjula was associate professor and International Business program coordinator. He received Bryant’s Excellence in Teaching Award and was inducted as a member of Omicron Delta Kappa—The National Leadership Honor Society in 2010.

Before coming to Bryant, Annavarjula was an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University (August 2000 to May 2006) and assistant professor at Sacred Heart University (August 1996 to July 2000).

Annavarjula received his doctorate in international business from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in 1998; his master of business administration degree in marketing management from India’s Karnatak University in 1985; and his bachelor of science degree from India’s Gulbarga University in 1982.


Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., is a leading private university offering an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education. Recognizing its 150th anniversary in 2013, Bryant University has approximately 3,300 graduate and undergraduate students from 33 states and 85 countries. Bryant University is a member of the Consortium for Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) and its business programs have been accredited by AACSB-International since 1994. Bryant regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and Barron’s.