On January 9, Dr. Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy was appointed as the next Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. He will officially step into the role in early August 2019.

Recognized as an impactful administrator, attentive leader, and preeminent scholar in the areas of innovation and digital strategy, Sambamurthy brings extensive experience to the dean role.

I am excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the key stakeholders in enhancing the portfolio of degrees, certificates and lifelong learning opportunities for undergraduate, master’s and executive programs. I believe we can position the Wisconsin School of Business as an exemplary hub of lifelong learning, delivering skills that address the evolving needs of the global digital economy.
—Incoming Albert O. Nicholas Dean
Vallabh Sambamurthy
Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy


Samba has been the Eli Broad Professor at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, serving in a variety of roles. For the past year, he has served as associate dean of the MBA and professional master's programs. He previously served as the school’s associate dean for outreach and engagement and chair of the accounting department, leading the launch of the top-10 MS program in business analytics. He previously held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland and Florida State University.

Recognized as a leading expert on how businesses compete in the digital economy, Samba’s work has been featured in leading academic journals. Several Fortune 500 firms have engaged him as a consultant. Working with executive clients and academic colleagues in China, Taiwan, Singapore, India, and Hong Kong, Samba focused on digital business transformations, strategic alignment, governance, and innovation. He has co-authored several books on digital transformation.

Sambamurthy has been recognized for his contributions to teaching, research, outreach, and mentoring. The Association of Information Systems honored him with the LEO Lifetime Achievement award. He was selected as distinguished fellow of the Information Systems Society at INFORMS, and he received the William Beal Distinguished Faculty Award—the highest honor accorded by Michigan State University.

Sambamurthy received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, and his B.E. from the National Institute of Technology (Tiruchirappalli, India).

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“Looking forward to working with you Samba. Thank you for taking on the challenge.

On Wisconsin!”

—Joan Schmit, professor

“Welcome to the Wisconsin School of Business! We look forward to learning and benefiting from your experiences. We hope you enjoy your time with us!”

—Kyle Studnicka Pineda, BBA Student

“As a member of the UW Business School Alumni Board, I wanted to welcome you into your position. I absolutely love your background and am excited to see the impact you will make in Madison! #OnWisconsin ”

—Jen Levenhagen, Account Partner Director

“Congratulations on your appointment as our next dean! We are delighted that you will taking on leadership of the Wisconsin School of Business, and are eager to work with you to move the school forward. ”

—Ella Mae Matsumura, Professor of AIS, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs

“Dean Sambamurthy:

Welcome, and thank you for joining this great University. Know that you will be surrounded by many thousands of stakeholders working with and for you. Thank you in advance for the many contributions you will be making in the years ahead.

On, Wisconsin!”

—Curtis Fuszard, Executive Director - REACH-A-Child

“Welcome Dean Sambamurthy!!! We are glad to have you at the Wisconsin School of Business. As an active alum, I look forward to seeing the value you will add! I wish you the best of luck!”

—Nicolina Falcone, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch

“Dr. Sambamurthy,

Congratulations! I am so happy to have you coming to campus next year. I look forward to seeing how you will advance the Wisconsin School of Business and I will help you in any way that I can.

Again Congratulations!”

—Ben Judge, 1st Year Full Time MBA student

“Congratulations Dr. Sambamurthy! Welcome to the Business Badger community. I might be bias, but I think it is one of the greatest and most unique communities to be part of. As a student, it was wonderful to hear in your presentation of your commitment to both the MBA and BBA Program. I look forward to seeing where your skills and leadership take WSB. Together Forward!”

—Ellie Brockman, Student

“I'm thrilled to have you joining us and leading us here at WSB. Welcome aboard and look forward to working with you soon.”

—Justin Sydnor, Associate Professor, Risk & Insurance