The University of Kansas has named Neeli Bendapudi, the H.D. Price Dean of the KU School of Business, as its new Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Lawrence campus. The selection follows a national search conducted by a committee chaired by Steve Warren, professor and investigator in the KU Life Span Institute, and assisted by the executive search firm R. William Funk & Associates.
Bendapudi has served as dean of the School of Business at KU since 2011. Before coming to KU, she had been a professor at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business since 2008. She began at Ohio State as assistant professor in 1996, before becoming an associate professor in 2002. Previously, she was an assistant professor of marketing at Texas A&M University. She has consulted for dozens of the world’s largest companies, including Procter & Gamble, Deloitte & Touche and Cessna. She has also served on corporate boards, and currently sits on the board of MRI Global, a national non-profit research organization.
“I am pleased that Neeli Bendapudi has agreed to serve in this important role for our university. A true Jayhawk, her enthusiasm for KU, her creativity and her academic and leadership experience will help us to elevate our stature as a national research university,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, in a news release announcing the position.
She will assume the role of provost on July 1.