UW-Milwaukee: Names new dean of Lubar School of Business

CONTACT: Kris Piwek, (414) 229-6297, kpiwek@uwm.edu 

MILWAUKEE _ Kaushal Chari has been named dean of the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He begins his tenure in June.

Chari comes to UWM from the Muma School of Business at the University of South Florida, where he has served as an associate dean for research and professional programs since 2013.

Chari will be the school’s sixth dean, assuming the position from longtime dean V. Kanti Prasad, a professor of entrepreneurship who led the school from 2002-2009 and has served as interim dean since 2015.

He has a track record of fundraising, business and civic engagement, strategic planning and creation of innovative programming, including an online MBA program. As associate dean for research, his accomplishments include:
  • dramatically increasing new student enrollment in the MBA program
  • establishing a series of joint USF-Citigroup boot camps focusing on financial topics
  • growing total grants and contracts awarded to the Muma College over a four-year period
A researcher of software engineering, business intelligence and distributed systems, Chari previously chaired the USF department ofInformation Systems & Decision Sciences from 2006-2013.
He earned his PhD in management information systems at the University of Iowa, and taught at Arkansas State University and James Madison University in Virginia before joining the faculty of USF in 1998.
About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 130 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.
About UWM’s Lubar School of Business
The Lubar School of Business is a major metropolitan business school known for its close partnerships with business that benefit its students, research, and corporate professional development. Offering a full array of degree programs, its 1,000 annual graduates overwhelmingly stay in Wisconsin and contribute to the state’s economy.