Sage realigns graduate schools around core strengths, names founding dean of new School of Management

October 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Sage Colleges have restructured Sage Graduate School around three key areas of strength and expertise to create the School of Education, School of Health Sciences, and School of Management.

The newly formed schools capitalize on Sage's leading professional degree and certificate programs at the post-baccalaureate, master's, post-master's, and doctorate levels. The schools will also draw from the bachelor's programs at Sage's two undergraduate colleges: Russell Sage College for women in Troy, and the coeducational Sage College of Albany. In Sage's quest for university status, this marks one more important milestone in its evolution.

Realigning Sage's academic structure was one of the first challenges that Susan Scrimshaw tackled as Sage's new president. "We have taken a set of strong graduate programs and academic schools and realigned them around core strengths to increase their visibility and synergy," she said.

Two schools will be temporarily led by Sage academic administrators while national searches are conducted for permanent deans:

  • John Tribble, Ph.D. (Utah State University), will transition from dean of Sage Graduate School to interim dean of the School of Health Sciences. Tribble has been with Sage for more than 30 years and has served in various capacities, including Lawrence Professor of Economics and Finance, Management Department chair, and dean since 2003.
  • Nancy DeKorp, Ed.D. (Teachers College, Columbia University), will continue to serve as interim dean of the School of Education. She teaches health education, and led the team that earned successful reaccreditation for the school by the prestigious National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Sage names founding dean of new School of Management

While the current configuration a School of Management offering degree programs at every level is new to Sage, providing business education is not. Sage opened the School of Business Education at Russell Sage College in 1935, and has graduated thousands of managers since.

The new model and new era of excellence and growth will be led by the School's founding dean, Daniel Robeson, Ph.D. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Robeson worked for years in industry domestically and abroad before turning his attention to researching and publishing about innovation in large firms, and then teaching business, strategy, and entrepreneurship. He accepted the post of chair of the former Management Department last year, and has been busy raising its caliber ever since, by encouraging faculty development and research and hiring new faculty.

"The School of Management at Sage has great potential for growth," Robeson said. "With the economy in a down-cycle, value-oriented programs like the MBA do very well."

Robeson has published in the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, Research Technology Management Journal, and the Journal of High-Tech Management Research and plans to use some of his dissertation research for a book on innovation and governance. He is a member of the Academy of Management's divisions of Business Policy and Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Innovation Management, as well as the Strategic Management Society.

Robeson is leading the pursuit of higher levels of accreditation for the School of Management by streamlining the programs offered and hiring new faculty. The School is currently accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

The School of Management specializes in educating managers in health care, government, and individual and family enterprise, and offers sub-disciplines in ecology, finance, marketing, strategy, organization behavior, and more.

"I envision the School of Management as the fulcrum of cross-disciplinary exchange at Sage," Robeson says. "Faculty in the arts, health sciences, and management will teach across departments, and students will learn and practice alongside students from other disciplines. The result will be graduates who are uniquely prepared for today's synergistic world."