Andrew J. Policano Bio

Andrew J. Policano


The Paul Merage School of Business

University of California, Irvine

Andrew J. Policano has been Dean of The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, since August, 2004.  In his first 8 years as Dean of the Merage School, more than $55 million has been pledged to support the School’s vision and mission.  The School has hired more than 20 new faculty members, established eleven new chairs/professorships and is planning to break ground on a new business school building in 2013.  Highly recognized, the Merage School consistently ranks among the top 5-10% of accredited business schools in the world. Recent reports in BusinessWeek, Financial Times and US News place  the Merage School at number 1 in the U.S. for percentage of students employed at 90 days after graduation.

Prior to arriving at UC Irvine, Policano was Dean of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for 10 years.  He received his doctorate from Brown University in economics, and his work in macroeconomics has been widely published.  He has also published numerous papers on higher education and media rankings in addition to his recently completed book, Public No More: A New Path to Excellence for America’s Public Universities, from Stanford University Press.

Policano serves on the Board of Directors of two public companies, and he is an active member of the community. He is currently a member of the Investment Committee of the Orange County Community Foundation, The Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Selection Committee, and the Forum for Corporate Directors Board Member of the Year Selection Committee. He is immediate past Chair of the Board of AACSB International and has served on the Board of Directors of the Graduate Management Admissions Council. Policano was recently awarded the Dean’s Leadership Circle Professorship at UC Irvine for his many contributions to the School and University. In 2011, Policano was inducted into the inaugural Hall of Fame for the PhD Project for his work helping to increase the number of PhD candidates and therefore the number of business school faculty members from underrepresented minority groups by over 400%.

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