Paulo Goes, head of the Department of Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona Eller College of Management, was named the new dean of that college today. Goes, who was selected after a yearlong national search, will begin his tenure as dean in March.
"I am absolutely thrilled that Paulo Goes will be the next leader of the Eller College of Management," said Ann Weaver Hart, president of the UA. "Dr. Goes is a wonderful scholar and his leadership of the Department of Management Information Systems has helped build it into an international powerhouse. As a leader and as a faculty member, he is deeply attuned to the needs of business, and his unique perspective will see the Eller College achieve new heights of excellence and impact."
Goes is the Salter Distinguished Professor in Management and Technology. Under his stewardship, the MIS department continued to lead in national rankings – it is the No. 2 public undergraduate and No. 1 public graduate program in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report – and generated more than $85 million in grant funding, making the Eller College a top business school for externally funded research.
"When I arrived at the UA seven and a half years ago, I had the sense that this was the place where I belong," Goes said. "The Eller College is exceptional, thanks to a combination of its people, its principles and its potential. All of the ingredients are in place to execute on becoming a truly great 21st-century business school."
"Paulo has demonstrated considerable skills as a thoughtful and effective leader and is widely respected for his collaborative leadership style," said Andrew Comrie, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the UA. "He is also a big-picture thinker who has developed many creative relationships to grow successful programs. In short, Paulo has excelled in his career to this point, and it is clear that he is going to lead the Eller College into an exciting and outstanding future."
During his time heading the Eller MIS department, Goes increased its enrollment through the expansion of its top-ranked M.S. program to capture an increasing global demand. The department launched an online master’s in MIS program and created a donor-funded program aimed at attracting and retaining undergraduate students to the MIS major. He co-founded INSITE, a research center focused on big-data analytics projects for clients in health care and other industries. His fundraising successes include a major technology upgrade that transformed lab and teaching space for graduate students in the Eller College.
Goes served as editor-in-chief of Management Information Systems Quarterly, the top journal in that field, from 2013-2015. He joined the Eller College in 2008 from the University of Connecticut, where he co-founded a unique university-corporate partnership with General Electric and headed the Center for Internet Data Research and Intelligence Services. He completed his doctoral work at the University of Rochester in business administration.
Goes will succeed Jeff Schatzberg, Lou Myers Professor of Accounting, who has served the Eller College as dean since January 2015, when then-Dean Len Jessup accepted the presidency of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
"I extend special thanks to Jeff, who has done a phenomenal job as interim dean this past year," Comrie said. "Thanks are also due to Marc Miller, dean of the College of Law, who headed up the search, as well as the faculty, alumni, staff and students who served on the excellent committee that helped bring this search to the best possible conclusion."