Willoughby named interim dean

Keith Willoughby has been appointed dean of Edwards School of Business effective July 1, 2016.


Keith WilloughbyKeith Willoughby has been appointed interim dean for the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Edwards School of Business effective July 1, 2016. The appointment is for one year while the search takes place for the next dean.

Willoughby earned his BComm at the U of S, an MSc from the University of British Columbia and a PhD from the University of Calgary. He first joined Edwards School of Business in 1997 as an assistant professor before taking a faculty position at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.  

He later returned to the U of S as an associate professor before taking on the role of associate dean in 2011. Willoughby previously served as the associate dean, research and academic in the school where his portfolio included faculty oversight and management of the school’s research and scholarly activities, as well as responsibilities pertaining to business school accreditation.

Willoughby also has experience in health-care process improvement and has worked for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council as a senior operations research specialist. He is a former Hanlon Scholar, having pursued research in areas related to public transit systems, health-care analysis, logistics and sports analytics. 

Most recently he was the recipient of the U of S Master Teacher Award.

“I am thrilled to take on a new leadership role at the University of Saskatchewan, an institution renowned for the quality of its faculty and its research,” said Willoughby. “I look forward to seeing Edwards School of Business finalize the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process later this year.”

Willoughby replaces Daphne Taras who has served as dean of the school for the past six years.

For more information, contact:

Natasha Katchuk
Communications Officer
Edwards School of Business
University of Saskatchewan

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