Miami University announced the selection of Jenny Darroch as the new dean of the Farmer School of Business (FSB) on March 18.
Darroch, the former dean of the graduate school of management at Claremont Graduate University, was selected from four finalists who came to campus in February to be interviewed by FSB’s search committee and meet with members of the Miami community.
Members of the search committee did not respond to requests for comment.
Darroch will succeed current FSB dean Marc Rubin beginning July 1. Rubin has served as the FSB dean since 2018 and will retire from the university when Darroch takes over his position.
Darroch is leaving her position at Claremont Graduate University, where she has worked since 2016. Before that, she served as a professor of marketing and innovation starting in 2013 and as an assistant professor of marketing and innovation since 2004, when she first arrived at Claremont.
Darroch is excited to come to Miami and said finding this job felt similar to finding the perfect college to attend.
“When you go on the job market, a certain institution finds you and you find the institution,” Darroch said.
Jason Osborne, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, spoke highly of Darroch in an article posted by the university about her hiring.
“I believe she will help us amplify the strengths already present in the Farmer School and will rally the faculty and staff to build FSB and Miami toward a very bright future,” Osborne said.
Darroch has experience boosting university programs. At Claremont, she helped the Drucker School of Management finalize its new accreditation process. She also aided in redesigning their curriculum with fewer course requirements. Darroch plans to continue this success at Miami.
“Miami attracts the best and the brightest, and we have to hold on to that,” Darroch said. “We have to make sure to maintain a reputation for bringing in the best and the brightest.”
Darroch believes her past experience has given her a unique skill set she plans to use at Miami.
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“I work really well with people,” Darroch said. “I listen to people. I’ve got a good read on what’s going on in the market and with people themselves. I remain relatively calm. You won’t see me too worked up over stuff, and I try to maintain a sense of humor and I think those are probably quite important attributes at the moment.”