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September 20, 2023

Dean College names new deans of business and arts schools

Photo | Courtesy of Dean College Dean College has named Bill Ingram as the new dean of its Sanders School of Business

Dean College has named Bill Ingram as the new dean of its Sanders School of Business and Patsy Collins Bandes as the first dean of the School of the Arts.

Ingram comes to dean from the University of North Texas at Dallas, where he served as assistant dean of the School of Business. He taught hospitality operations at the school following a 10-year career in hotel and restaurant management, according to a Tuesday press release from Dean.

"My biggest focus is aligning our business programs with what the industry wants and needs, especially in areas of cross concentration, whether that be data analysis, accounting, artificial intelligence or business ethics," Ingram said in the press release. "I'm also here to create business partnerships locally, maximize the relationships we already have, like with Kraft Sports + Entertainment, and think globally so that our students have opportunities that lead to careers."

Ingram is replacing Gerry Shaw, who retired from the position in May 2022.

Collins Bandes was tapped to lead Dean’s School of the Arts after 18 years at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she rose through the ranks from production stage manager to the chair of the school’s theater department.

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Patsy Collins Bandes, the first dean of Dean College's School of the Arts

"In the first semester, my focus really is getting to know the students and the culture and learning what everybody feels like they love and what they feel could change," Collins Bandes said in the press release. "Another priority is how we can make our performances, our season and our curriculum culturally aware and as diverse and inclusive as possible and actively engage in anti-racist theatre work. Over the course of the year, we'll be looking at what is working really well and how we can bring some change into our curriculum and productions."

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