The business school at the University of Washington Tacoma will have a new leader at the end of August.
Shahrokh Saudagaran, founding dean of the Milgard School of Business, then will become the director of the Milgard’s Master of Accounting program.
“I am proud of the Milgard School’s many accomplishments during my tenure as the Gary E. And James A. Milgard Endowed Dean over the past 11 years,” Saudagaran said in a statement Monday.
“I have appreciated the opportunity to serve my alma mater and the South Sound community over the past decade and look forward to continuing to do so in the years to come.”
An interim dean will be appointed for the academic year, while the school undertakes a national search for a new leader, Chancellor Mark Pagano said in a statement to the campus.
Specifics about the search for a new dean will be released as they’re available, he said.
The statement said Saudagaran’s new role came after discussions with the dean, and the university’s routine five-year leadership review process.
“It became clear this was a critical moment for the Milgard School to innovate and blossom while the next decade of its impact in our region is defined.,” Pagano wrote.
Saudagaran makes about $321,000 annually as dean, including state funds for his position and private funds through the endowed deanship, the university said.
His new position is for 10 months of the year, with the opportunity to teach over the summer if he chooses, and will earn about $245,000, according to the school.
Saudagaran’s accomplishments include getting the school accredited under the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, doubling the faculty to about 26 members and starting the centers for Information Based Management and for Leadership and Social Responsibility, Pagano told The News Tribune.
Saudagaran has an international reputation in accounting, Pagano said, and he hopes the dean will grow the master program to the point that it is nationally or internationally recognized.
“He seemed like the perfect person to accomplish that for us,” Pagano said.