UM names new provost and business dean

UM Provost Jeffrey Duerk
UM Provost Jeffrey Duerk

The University of Miami has filled two major academic positions.

The university named Jeffrey Duerk, the dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, as the school’s new provost, a role that also serves as the university’s executive vice president and chief academic officer.

UM on Friday also named John Quelch, a professor at Harvard Business School, as dean of the UM School of Business Administration and vice provost for executive education.

Duerk will start his new job overseeing UM’s 11 schools, colleges and research initiatives on July 1. The move from Ohio to Miami is the first time he’s served as faculty at another university, after earning his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Case Western in 1987 and getting hired the next year. He received a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University and Ohio State University, respectively.

UM’s focus on research, particularly for a young university, attracted Duerk. He said he wanted to work at a university that tried to “define how research is done and should be done.”

John Quelch named new University of Miami business dean. Stuart Cahill Handout

“I’m gratified and very proud to work for a university that takes this seriously,” he said. “It’s just such a great opportunity.”

The National Academy of Inventors inducted him as a fellow this year, and he holds more than 30 patents. Duerk’s particular research focus is in biomedical imaging, with an emphasis on magnetic resonance imaging. Duerk is the founding director of the Case Center of Imaging Research and the founding leader of the Cancer Imaging program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Quelch, according to a UM announcement on Friday, is an internationally recognized scholar on the marketing implications of globalization, with a particular focus on patients and consumer issues in healthcare. A former dean of two prestigious international business schools, he is scheduled to join UM on July 1.

“Dr. Quelch is a renowned scholar on globalization and a proven academic leader internationally. He is a great addition to our senior team and is poised to take the School of Business Administration to its next level of excellence. I am thrilled to welcome him,” UM President Julio Frenk said in a statement.

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