Edward Snyder, dean of the Yale School of Management, has been dubbed 2015’s “Dean of the Year.”
Last week, Poets & Quant, a news website covering business schools, named Snyder 2015’s top business school dean and published a detailed profile. Picked up by Fortune Magazine, the article credited Snyder with improving the SOM on a number of metrics, including an increased application volume, greater connection to its home university and higher MBA rankings.
This year, for the first time, the SOM made the top 10 in MBA rankings compiled by MBA50, a website that guides business school applicants.
“My main takeaway from the recognition is that the Yale SOM team, internally and externally, is terrific,” Snyder said. “We’re building on the work of many before us and are energized by the school’s mission.”
He added that the SOM’s mission is to educate leaders for business and society by building a school that is intensively involved with the University and connected globally. Synder highlighted SOM’s joint-degree programs with Yale’s other professional schools, increasing enrollments by non-SOM students in SOM classes and the Global Network for Advanced Management as efforts to achieve the mission.
SOM Senior Associate Dean Anjani Jain said Synder stands out for the clarity of his vision and his strategic focus. Jain added that Snyder articulates his vision “persuasively and consistently,” and inspires the broader SOM community to pursue that mission.
David Bach, another senior associate dean at the school, said the honor is a recognition of Snyder’s “sound management,” adding that Snyder rejected the traditional model of bilateral partnerships and adopted for a network-based approach. The Global Network, which Snyder founded in April 2012, currently has 28 member schools from all over the world.
“[Snyder] will be the first to say ‘This has been a team effort’ and of course he’s correct. But he’s the one who has brought this team together, who has given us direction and created an environment in which we can innovate and excel,” Bach said.
Snyder became the 10th dean of the SOM in July 2011.