Published 12/04/15

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Annavarjula named Dean of College of Business

Madan Annavarjula 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 Dean of the College of Business after an extensive nationwide search. 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.

“Today’s students graduate into a world of unprecedented change and complexity, and Dr. Annavarjula has been a leader in creating innovative Bryant programs that prepare students with the global perspective that is a prerequisite for success,” said Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley.

“Madan’s appointment as Dean of the College of Business positions the University with deep expertise in international business. His passion for helping students understand the interconnectedness of cultures and economies has helped elevate Bryant to a top-ranked institution where students from around the world come to learn and prepare themselves for success in the global arena,” noted University Provost Glenn Sulmasy.

"Bryant’s innovative programs are designed to bring an international perspective into the classroom."

Bryant’s Bachelor of Science in International Business program (BSIB) 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 expanded its international business programs to include an undergraduate major in Global Supply Chain Management and 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,” Annavarjula says.

Annavarjula has served as Associate Dean of Bryant’s College of Business since 2013. In appointing him as Dean, Provost Sulmasy congratulated him on the significant impact he has had on Bryant’s College of Business and 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.

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’s of business administration degree in marketing management from India’s Karnatak University in 1985; and his bachelor’s 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. The University’s groundbreaking academic programs have been nationally recognized by organizations including the Davis Educational Foundation and Hanover Research. Founded in 1863, Bryant University has approximately 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students from 32 states and 63 countries. Bryant University is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News & World Report , Bloomberg Businessweek , Forbes , and Barron’s .  Visit . 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.