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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

George Washington Fires Dean for Overspending Budget by $13 Million

GW LogoGeorge Washington Hatchet, Business Dean Doug Guthrie Fired Over $13 million Budget Gap:

The University's top brass fired Doug Guthrie after the GW School of Business overspent by about $13 million last year – an abrupt move that shocked faculty and likely puts the brakes on the college's ambitious agenda.

Guthrie, who led the business school for three years and penned GW's strategy in China, oversaw a spending spree that rocketed online and executive education program costs past the college's budget by nearly 25 percent.

In a 30-minute interview Friday, Provost Steven Lerman said he and University President Knapp asked Guthrie to step down because of a "profound disagreement" on the school budget's for next year.  ...

Guthrie's departure marks the third time in two years a dean has left a top role after faculty discontent or management issues. Peg Barratt stepped down as the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences' top leader this summer after facing issues with professors in spring 2012. Paul Schiff Berman left his post as dean of the GW Law School last year to assume a role in the provost's office after faculty tried to vote him out.

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By how many slots had the GWU B-school dropped in the rankings? That's the likelier explanation for a dean's departure.

Posted by: Suggestion | Aug 27, 2013 12:18:05 PM

A business school dean who can't manage a budget? "Those who can't do, teach. Those who can't do and can't teach become academic administrators."

Posted by: jmike | Aug 28, 2013 5:23:08 AM