Chalykoff Named Dean of the Welch College of Business

Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean of the Welch College of Business
News Story: August 1, 2012

The Academic Affairs leadership team at Sacred Heart University has announced the appointment of John Chalykoff, Ph.D., as the new dean of the John F. Welch College of Business (WCOB), effective July 1, 2012.

“Dr. Chalykoff brings nearly 30 years of experience and wisdom to the role, and we are delighted to welcome him to Sacred Heart,” said Provost Laura E. Niesen de Abruna.

Chalykoff joins Sacred Heart from Boston University, where he had served in various capacities since 1999. Named an associate dean in 2001, he guided all academic programs for 2,200 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. In addition, he was responsible for the office of admissions and the career center for the university’s School of Management. He also oversaw the International Management Program (IMBA – an MBA program with locations in Beijing and Shanghai, China).

While at BU, Chalykoff also managed ranking initiatives, globalization efforts, the marketing department and served as the chair of the Senior Steering Committee for maintenance of AACSB accreditation. He also served as director of the MS-MBA program from 2001 through 2012. From 2006 through 2009, he chaired the Information Systems department.

Additional accomplishments at BU include chairing the Globalization Task Force; managing a $210,000 grant from IBM to deliver seven online course sections to their sales force; and leading a task force in 2003-2004 that completely revamped the MBA curriculum. He was also a faculty director of IBM Executive programs that have grossed over $2 million in the last seven years.

Prior to his career at Boston University, Chalykoff was the dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick from mid-1992 to 1999.

Chalykoff holds a doctorate in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; an MBA from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada; and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College. He is also a published author and guest lecturer.

Chalykoff will use his solid international credentials to work with the WCOB faculty to develop an MBA program in Luxembourg and to extend the University’s reach around the globe. He will also help the college develop new graduate and research strategies.

He is looking forward to helping to further the reputation and reach of Sacred Heart University.  “The University has a president with a vision for moving forward steeped in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, along with a dynamic, energized and collegial faculty in the Welch College. Their goals and accomplishments range well beyond what our size would suggest,” he said. “The Welch Experience in the undergraduate program and the Integrated Core in the full-time and part-time MBA programs, as well as the Welch, Luxembourg Global MBA, are all unique and provide a wonderful base to move the College to the next level.”

He is also excited to support the growth of the WCOB. “My preliminary view is to build on the Welch Experience in the undergraduate program with more outreach to industry and an emphasis on putting learning into action in all our courses, while continuing to fortify high quality, differentiated graduate programs. The College is already well on its way in this regard with the new MS in HRM, the MS in Digital Marketing and the new Global MBA in Luxembourg,” he said. “One of our long-term goals is to examine how we can provide global experiences for all our undergraduate students and actively involve the business community in our educational process.”

“John will provide leadership for the continued enrichment of the signature Welch Experience, which offers an additional level of experiential education for our business students. His long and successful career in business education will serve as a tremendous asset to Sacred Heart, and we are very excited about working with him to further enhance the reputation and quality of the Welch College of Business,” said Niesen de Abruna.