Sabyasachi “Saby” Mitra is the sixth dean in Warrington College of Business history.
Previously, Dr. Mitra served as senior associate dean of faculty and research and Thomas R. Williams – Wells Fargo professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business. In this role, Mitra managed all faculty, doctoral program, IT services and administrative support staff in the college. He led a collaborative and consensus-driven effort to redesign the promotion and tenure process, co-directed an effort to rationalize faculty teaching and course offerings to advance the Scheller College’s teaching and research missions, and started an effort to increase diversity in Scheller’s doctoral program.
But when the dean opportunity became available at Warrington, Mitra knew he was interested after admiring the college from afar throughout his career in business education.
“The Warrington College of Business has amazing faculty, staff, students, programs and alumni,” Mitra said. “With support from the university, the state of Florida and committed alumni, Warrington is on its way to becoming one of the top business schools in the country. I am excited and honored to be part of that journey.”
Prior to his role as senior associate dean of faculty and research, Mitra served as senior associate dean of programs from 2015 to 2019, during which he was responsible for overseeing all degree and non-degree programs in the Scheller College. Mitra’s other notable achievements in this role include establishing a dual degree program (MBA-MS/Ph.D.) with the Colleges of Engineering, Computing and Design at Georgia Tech, as well as an MD-MBA dual degree program with the Morehouse School of Medicine. In a time when many full-time MBA programs faced declining enrollments, Mitra led a team that facilitated the growth of Georgia Tech’s full-time MBA program since fall 2015, in addition to significantly increasing diversity of incoming classes. Mitra’s leadership also helped grow Scheller’s Executive MBA program to one of the largest in the Southeast, with approximately 120 students per year from 2016-18. Mitra also served as academic director for several corporate programs with Fortune 500 companies.
Mitra was at Georgia Tech for 27 years, starting as an assistant professor of information systems in 1993. He was promoted to full professor in 2012 and has held the Thomas R. Williams – Wells Fargo Professorship since 2018, teaching MBA-level courses in information technology management.
As a researcher, Mitra’s interests include IT security management, online consumer search, innovation in technology industries, the digital divide, IT outsourcing, IT governance, as well as areas of design science including optimization and artificial intelligence methods for IT infrastructure design and cloud computing. His research has appeared in top journals, including “Information Systems Research,” “Management Science,” “Journal of Marketing,” “MIS Quarterly” and “Journal of Management Information Systems.” He previously served as senior editor and associate editor of “Information Systems Research,” as well as on the editorial review board of “IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.”
Mitra has been recognized numerous times for his research and teaching excellence, having received the Georgia Tech Brady Family Award for Research Excellence, the Runner-up Award for Best Published Paper from “Information Systems Research,” the Georgia Tech Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellowship and the MBA Elective Professor of the Year Award.
Mitra received his doctorate in business administration (management science) from the University of Iowa and his Bachelor of Technology degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.
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(1990-2020): Kraft made two previous stops at the College before becoming dean. He was an assistant professor of economics from 1970 to 1979. After a brief spell in Washington D.C., he returned in 1980 and served as director of the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. He was named associate dean in 1981.
(1986-1989): Merten spent only three years leading the College. He went on to serve as dean of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and as president of George Mason University.
(1969-1986): The College’s current identity began to take shape during Lanzillotti’s leadership. His focus on hiring quality faculty and building the College’s financial stability was paramount to its success.
(1956-1968): Hart’s tenure was known for stressing fundamental concepts and valuing education over training. Under Hart’s direction, the College reduced its major field from 18 to 9 to offer a more focused business education.
Walter J. Matherly
(1926-1954): Matherly was selected to lead the newly formed School of Business Administration in 1926. By 1933, the School was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and was renamed the College of Business Administration.