Roger Jenkins, dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, today announced he will retire at the end of the fall 2012 semester. He has served as dean since July 2002.
During his tenure, the Farmer School became a BusinessWeek top 25 undergraduate business school; its undergraduate business program is ranked 8th in the nation among public universities and is the highest ranked in Ohio.
“As dean of the Farmer School these last 10 years, I have seen the impact that a faculty and staff truly dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education can have,” Jenkins said.
In a letter to his faculty and staff, Jenkins praised their “tireless and sincere dedication to an increasingly rare ideal, that service in higher education is a selfless calling and an investment less in one’s self than in the common good.”
“We admire and respect Dean Jenkins’ decision. He has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Farmer School and Miami, greatly enhancing the quality and the reputation of both the Farmer School and the University,” said David Hodge, university president. “We are deeply grateful for his dedicated service and in particular the tremendously profound impact he has had on students. ”
A national search for a new dean will be launched early this fall. Dean Jenkins has agreed to assist with the transition.