Cordano to Step Down From Business Dean Position

Girard School of Business Dean Mark Cordano has announced that he will step down from his position at the end of the academic year and return to the faculty after a one-year sabbatical.

Cordano, who has led the business school since 2011, will leave a “remarkable legacy of accomplishment,” Provost Allan Weatherwax said in an April 19 letter to the Merrimack community.

During his tenure, Cordano has hired 15 tenure-track faculty, established multiple specialty graduate programs, launched the Mucci Capital Markets Lab and its associated programming promoting investment research, and fostered creation of the Financial Capabilities Center.

Additionally, he built a student advising center for the school, designed an innovative co-op model for accounting students, inaugurated the Sigma Iota Epsilon honor society and began a series of alumni-student networking events, including area lunch sessions and regular visits to firms in New York City.

Perhaps most noteworthy, Cordano was instrumental in the planning of a new home for the Girard School, which will open this summer on the North Campus Academic Pavilion.

Weatherwax said a national search for Cordano’s successor will begin “expeditiously,” with a goal of having a new dean in place by Jan. 1, 2018. The Faculty Senate will soon call for nominations to the search committee.

He added that Cordano’s tenure will be celebrated at events later this spring.