The Scheller College of Business will welcome its newly appointed dean, Dr. Maryam Alavi, to work on July 1.

Currently, Dr. Alavi is interim dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and as decided at the end of March, she will begin during the second half of summer and be fully introduced to the campus community during the Fall 2014 semester.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Maryam Alavi to the Georgia Tech family,” said Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Rafael L. Bras. “The Scheller College of Business is in a perfect position to benefit from Dr. Alavi’s scholarship, experience, and deep knowledge of business education and research. She has a clear understanding of the competitive advantage of the Scheller College of Business under the umbrella of the Georgia Tech brand, culture, and, vision—and of how to realize the benefits of that advantage.”

The decision for a new dean in the College of Business was made after the current Dean, Steve Salbu, announced that he would step down and return to the faculty and assume other academic duties in the college after leaving his position as Dean.

“Dean Salbu announced his intention to return to the faculty last summer,” said Brad Dixon, Communications Manager in the College of Business. “Instead, he will be running the new Cecil B. Day Program in Business Ethics. Due to his decision, a search for his successor began immediately.”

As the new dean, Dr. Alavi will be expected to be an intellectual leader among the faculty, and many of her duties will involve oversight of the entire college.